You can get caught up in others’ stories … in their excitement, in their fears or their sadness, their anger or their happiness.  One moment you are at peace and the next you are swept up and carried away by currents that are not in alignment with your own.  “What happened?” you ask when you step back and see how your thoughts and actions changed.  You were swept away is what happened.  All it takes is awareness to say, “My goodness, look at all these varying vortexes of energies flowing around me,” and step out of the eddies.  Even your own story is a swirling spiral of thoughts and actions.  The only true peace comes from knowing how to find the still center and going there often to check in and see if you are aligned with Source.