Do you ever find yourself encountering similar "themes" in your lives? Like, how a certain event, person, situation, idea, activity and/or thought just keep presenting themselves over and over?
A "light" example may be: I don't use Skype in my conversations. I just don't know that many people in "real life" that are in to Skype. And yet, yesterday, Skype came up twice on two separate occasions, brought up by different people.
I know this must be happening a lot. But lately, I'm noticing it more and more.
One recurring "personal theme" I've been having lately is having to repeat the phrase: "You have to choose your battles." Nothing earth-shattering, I know. But, it seems to resonate well with the people I talk to about it. I've been saying this in the context of learning to adjust and find one's rhythm in the workplace.
You see, a lot of people seem to find it difficult to cope with stress at work. In fact, once upon a time, I was one of those people who go crazy at every little inconsitency, gossip, lack of organisation, problematic policies (or the lack of them) and/or talk about office politics. This type of attitude burned me out so quickly that by the time I reached 6 to 8 months in a job, I was almost always ready to quit no matter how passionate I was to begin with.
That's why I've always thought that freelancing/self-employment is the only thing that will work for me.
Well, I'm about to reach my sixth month anniversary in my first employed position in 3 years ('been freelancing for the last 3+ years). And, I'm pleased to say that I'm still as energised as I was when I first started. Sure, some of the gloss has already faded. And, I've already encountered plenty of the things that used to drive me up the wall so much. But, I have to say that I still love what I'm doing.
Sure, it's not all perfect. But, I think it does help to focus on the positives and just work around the challenges bit by bit. I try not to let things get me down too easily. And, I do my best to find ways to make my work fun and interesting.
Yes, I'm learning to choose my battles --- and, putting on an upbeat background music to do a little dance as I tackle each one. 🙂
And yeah, I believe that battle-choosing works for other aspects of life too.