What was I doing - other than making myself miserable for no good reason at all?
I was giving power to something outside myself - the chicken, the store, my lunch - all stuff that is out of my control. And which doesn't really matter anyway in the grand scheme of things. But I was allowing these external objects or forces to control what I was thinking and feeling.
Why? Well, probably because it's a habit. I wanted my chicken and expected the store to have the chicken ready when I wanted it. By itself there is nothing wrong with wanting that. What is wrong is when my happiness is tied to the fulfillment of that expectation - I'll be happy if the store has the chicken ready and I won't be happy if the store doesn't have it ready or they are out of it at the time I go in. I hope you realize I'm baring my soul to you guys because this is really really really stupid. But I do it all the time. I give away the power to be happy - to a store and worse yet to a piece of chicken. You have to admit, it's pretty funny as well as being stupid. So I hope you've gotten some laugh from it.
However, now that you're done laughing, ask yourself if there is (or are) anything in your life that you are giving power to.
For example, do you think that if you sleep wrong, you'll get a crick in your neck? Or if you're under the cold air for a certain amount of time, you'll "catch" a cold? Or that it's something in your diet that's affecting you?
All of these things are external to you. You are giving power to them. It is NOT a universal law or rule that you'll "catch" a cold if you sit under the air conditioner. If it were a universal rule, EVERYONE would get sick, not just you or select others. When you are "sensitive to" or "allergic to" some food item, you have already given power to that food item and your body has developed its own set of rules regarding that food. Again, however, if that food caused sensitivities, then EVERYONE would have problems with the food. I realize that is a concept that will go against many people's beliefs. But remember that a belief is just a thought we keep thinking over and over. So, I'm just asking that you look at what you depend on to make yourself happy.
Do you find yourself in a bad mood when your spouse or other relative or friend have a bad day or you've had an argument with them? I'm not saying that you should try to show them up and tell them how happy you are despite their terrible loss or bad day or whatever. But, let's say you don't get what you've hinted at for Valentine's Day. Should this ruin your day? Should this make you feel as if you did something wrong or that you're not worth anything? You were happy before you found out what you got for Valentine's Day. Why would the presence or absence of a specific gift change your happiness? Remember the chicken?
Your feelings should not be dependent on other people either. For you to be happy, you do not need to have others around you be happy. You can feel successful and abundant no matter the state and thoughts of anyone else. Do NOT let someone or something else take your power away. You have control of yourself. Do not give that control and power away. When you start to react to something or someone, stop, take a deep breath and ask yourself if your reaction/response is putting the power in something external? If so, pull back and ask why you are doing that and then ask whether you want to give up that control. I bet your answer will be no.
It's just a matter of awareness. Pay attention - you don't want to be sick so why let a undetectable virus cause you harm. You do NOT have to give your power over to that tiny external object unless you want to. Is that what you want? Is that what you've done all your life? Is this where some of your limiting beliefs are centered? Be aware of your limiting beliefs and then see how many of them are related to external forces. Once you're aware, you can change. Don't let the 11 o'clock news impact your sleep so that you aren't rested and that your "worry centers" are activated. Either don't watch the news or make sure that you deny that any of it is your truth or state that it no longer has to be your truth. Being aware of what is affecting you and what has affected you in the past will change your life more than you can imagine.