At some point today, you will likely encounter someone who is less than gracious - even rude. You will probably find yourself on the receiving end of someone's impatience or frustration. You may even discover that someone you thought was the kindest of souls is, in fact, a deeply flawed human being. But before you shrug off this seemingly depressing observation, let me suggest it needn't get you down.
No matter how much negativity you experience in the course of a given day, you can choose to be a positive force. You can greet adversity with encouragement, anger with gentleness, and indifference with love. Your gestures may go unappreciated, even unacknowledged, but the choice - and the power - is yours.
What can you do today to transcend circumstances and let your light shine?