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Reflections of the Week

If you sometimes feel down, read on!

2014-02-15 11:20 (comments: 0)

A week ago in a meeting with my friends one of them told us that she had lost her job. All were affected by the sad news and suddenly the happy mood vanished, I thought that was very interesting! My friends all looked as if something bad was happening to themselves. There were comments like: "I'm so sorry!”, “That's terrible! – what are you going to do now?”, “How can they be so ruthless?” “You can rely on nothing anymore... "
Finally I asked her the following question: "So how are you feeling about this?"
As it was, I had no opinion about this situation as I had learned long ago that the facts are neither good nor bad and it all depends on what story we tell ourselves - or how we interpret the facts. My friend, who had at first gone with the general outpouring of empathy paused for a moment and then said: "Actually, I have disliked the job for a long time. I have learned nothing new and we were all permanently overworked. I should have realized long ago that I wouldn’t be able to work like that for much longer."
Lo and behold, the mood swung back to the positive! There were comments like: "Good for you!”, “Now you can find something that suits you better.” “Finally time to breathe!”, “Now all options are open for you again."
In every situation, we can usually find both the drama, and the opportunity.

So how are you doing at the moment? Are there things that get you down? If the answer is yes, try to be unbiased about the facts and try to find a new interpretation for them.
If you happen to be in a situation that you cannot see in a positive light, then please leave a comment in the blog or on my Facebook page and I or others on the network can provide assistance! I'm looking forward to it!


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Oscar Wilde


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