Troubling times – how do you cope?

Bad NewsThere are many people who are going through incredibly troubling and stressful times at the moment such as:

  • children have become mixed up with the “wrong” kind of people
  • severe illness diagnosed
  • being told that they are no longer employed
  • loosing a loved one
  • Add you own issue here…..

How do you react when you receive such news?

Are you so completely numbed by the news that you are incapable of responding in any way? Or are you peaceful, and perfectly capable of seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel”?

I remember a year ago when I was made redundant.  I was surprised as I hadn’t seen this coming even though there were redundancies being made all over the company and I actually had taught on change management!  However, when I was given the news, apart from the initial surprise, I was very peaceful about the situation.

Yes, it meant that I would not have an income, that changes at home would have to be made, that relationships would be put under strain, but I still had this incredible peace and saw only good in the move.

People have commented about me during this time.  They have said they would have been surprised if I had “gone under”.  When I asked “Why?”, this is what they told me.

  • I had an incredible attitude for encouraging others in all things
  • I had a healthy, positive attitude
  • I could see change coming and, although I had missed this one, I had enough experience in me to go with the flow
  • That, once I knew the situation, could look forward and already had a picture of what I was going to do while I was not working

It took people outside of my situation to see the characteristics that I had.  It was these that helped me work through my unemployment.  The whole experience ended up being incredibly positive for me.

Look, I know that everybody’s situation will be different, but we have choices to make:

  • be a victim and think that the world owes us a living
  • be positive, look for openings, push doors and keep moving on – seeking to encourage others along the way

So, what about you?  How do you deal with “bad news?”  What stories have you got to tell?

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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