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The Right and Wrong Time To Cry Foul

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In life, there are many situations in which you’ll find yourself shocked–perhaps even outraged.

This can either happen at your working place, in your house or in any environment you’ll find yourself in. 

For instance, if you see someone running through the streets naked and pausing a public nuisance, then you’re going to have some negative thoughts and perhaps even question what’s going through that person’s mind. You’ll be annoyed and some times frustrated / angry, but you need to bear in mind that this is not the end of the world.

However, there’s a very small chance that it will directly affect you. Perhaps the most it will do is cause you to turn your head and look out of curiosity or annoyance, but it probably won’t cause you to miss your bus or train and it’s certainly not going to cause you any kind of problem to your work day.

Sadly, there are some people that will be so outraged that they’ll put a stop to their day in order to call the police or personally try to deal with the problem. Yes, they’re causing a nuisance and yes, they’re probably annoying other people, but it’s wrong to consider yourself as the responsible person to deal with the situation when it really has nothing to do with you. This is one of the main problems in society today– fake outrage. There’s no point in upsetting yourself over things that will not have a major impact on you or anyone else’s life.

Learning to calm down

A situation like this is obviously not going to happen to everyone and the chances of it even occurring are very slim, but it helps to illustrate a point.

There’s often a divide of people who will care enough to cry foul and do something about it, but there are also people that will continue with their work day because it doesn’t really concern them. It’s the wrong time to cry foul and there are simple and effective ways to deal with someone causing a public nuisance without it ever causing a negative effect on your life. In fact, one could even argue that it’s a positive thing to happen because it gives you something enjoyable to talk about when you arrive at work.

Learning to relax and calm down involves putting your priorities straight. Getting upset over something usually isn’t worth it especially if the end result gives you no satisfaction and instead, causes you to be late for work. Don’t ruin your own day over minor things that wouldn’t even matter in the near future!

What are reasons for real outrage?

Of course, there are also situations in which you should really be outraged and do something about it. For instance, imagine your employer forcing you to work at certain positions or even outright bullying you in the workplace. Those are the types of situations where you’ll want to cry foul and actually do something about it–because it directly hinders your work.

Imagine your employer neglecting to supply you with safety equipment that leads to an injury. The first thing you should do is report it and get a personal injury lawyer on retainer to help you seek justice. When someone’s life or well being is in danger, that’s when you need to stand up for yourself.

The point to get across is that there are many things to get upset or frustrated about, but you shouldn’t waste your energy trying to deal with something that either doesn’t concern you or doesn’t actually hinder your life. If it’s not causing a nuisance in your face or not putting you in trouble, then you can learn to walk away from it.

You’ll be surprised how much happier you’ll be if you focus on positive things and stop upsetting yourself over small happenings! What are some small things that really upset you? Let me know in the comments!

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