Saturday, May 12, 2007

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

- Marcus Aurelius

I came across some blogs of some people I know (not from the blogosphere..I mean really know like friends, office mates, the like). Majority of them rants about work. I understood why they felt that way, because at some point I felt that way too. There was a point where I thought that I was going through a battery test everyday. Have you felt like everything that you are doing was, is, and will be wrong? Yeah, exactly what I felt too. I already did everything that I needed to do but they still look for something else to shove up my ass. I'm drifting away from the topic....

Well, I just have one thing to say to the people who rant about work. Everything is about PERCEPTION. What is Perception? It is defined as "the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind". Too long. One word meaning...."understanding". It is how you understand things around you. It is how you see things. It is how you react based on a physical or psychological stimuli.

Now that it is defined, what is the common ground there. In the last three lines lies the solution, YOU. It is, was, and always will be YOU. YOU have to change the way you see things. Why? Because one thing that you have to remember in solving any kind of problem is to start with what you can control. Do not dwell on things you do not have control over, you can't change those. And in this situation, what is that one thing that we can control. Yourself. You have to change what you are seeing, or at least look at it from a different angle. If you are pissed at someone, instead of focusing on the what he is doing to annoy you, why don't you focus on why he is acting like that. Maybe he has a problem at home. Maybe he just got himself into some deep shit and he is asking you to join him. Maybe it's Let's-make-every body's-day-like-hell day in his own little planet. Once you have the reason, understanding will follow. Once you understand, then you can change your perception of things. Then the healing will begin, you'll start to feel better. And the people around you will start feeling better. And the people around them. So on and so forth....

It's really hard at first, but once you knacked the first one, it'll be a piece of cake. And this skill is a life saver, too. It'll relieve you of some stress, making you a more positive individual.

I know, it saved mine....=)

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