A Different Path
August 13, 2009
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I was having a conversation with a friend last night and during the conversation she said something that gave me food for thought! It didn’t register until a little while later though. I don’t remember the exact words but the gist of the sentence was along the lines of “It’s as if I have to experience difficult situations at work, for me to feel that I have done something worthwhile”
It really struck a cord with me because I realized that for so long I have been thinking and doing exactly that!
For so long I somehow managed to land myself one difficult situation after another, each bringing a set of problems or challenges to overcome.
Why? So that I could go home at the end of each day with a sense of purpose and achievement. I never stopped to ask myself if there might be an easier way!
This is a strange piece of self realization, but for me it does explain why I stayed so long in my job despite the ever increasing frustrations and stress.
I somehow convinced myself that if I had an easier and less stressful job I would stop growing and learning!
I see now how silly this belief turned out to be and how, in fact, the stress and frustration tired me to the point of treading water in terms of growing and learning.
I had a comment on a different post a little while back, and Brynn, if you are reading this I think I would like to join your club of changing my belief system to “Everything is easy”!!