Recently an item of mine was stolen, an iPad. There is not any sentimental value in the iPad for me but it was a tool that I used to aid in my education. I do not have a lot of money and so I will struggle to get another tool such as the iPad again, but I did not let negative emotions control me. I did naturally feel worried, sad, confused, and angry, I did not, however, allow these emotions to be in control. A natural thing for me to do in the past would be to drown myself in despair and sulk for days or longer; I did not do that this time. I thought about what I must now do to still further my education without the iPad, I conjured a plan on how to possibly gain a new tablet, and I remained positive. I also took this negative experience and tried to make every positive outcome from it that I could.
This was most definitely a step in the right direction for me. I now know that I can contain my emotions after a negative occurrence and I had even turned it into a positive one in many ways. This is a step forward for me, this is a step closer to me becoming who I want to be.
While I made the theft of my iPad into a positive outcome I do not, however, condone theft of any kind. Possessions that are ours, that we earn, should not be taken from us, nor do people that do not earn them deserve to use them. Deserving is an interesting concept, though. When you think about it, how many people throughout history have gotten what they deserved, positive or negative? I do not believe in karma for that very reason; good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to those of us that are good. The only thing we can do is remain good and not let bad occurrences get in our way. (18:00)