I was one of those people who got fairly easily frustrated and angered in the past, at situations around me at work, many of which I couldn't control. In fact, I would take it personally.
Why is this person in front of me driving at 15 miles an hour, when the speed limit is 25 and I am already running late for work?
Is this nurse being deliberately obtuse to make my life miserable?
And really...this patient is readmitted for the 10th time this year for DKA due to non compliance!!!!
And don't even get me started on how much time I am wasting as I have to click the mouse FIFTEEN times to put in a simple order in the EMR..
It truly felt like the whole world was conspiring to make my life as miserable as possible.
I am ashamed to say, this went on for years!!!!
And then, something clicked into place. I honestly cannot remember if it was a series of events or one of those lightning ⚡ moments.
But I realized that I had a switch in my brain. I literally visualize it. It is what I like to call "The Joy Switch".
I get to control it.
No matter what the situation is, no matter what is going on in the world around me or what someone said to me or how they treated me, I had a CHOICE.
I could turn on my Joy switch any time or place I want!!!!
That switch empowered me like nothing else. When I catch myself becoming morose, I think about that switch in my brain.
I can choose to keep it turned off continue to mope in the gloomy dark recesses of my brain, or I could visualize myself turning it on and a flood of beautiful lights come on, my favorite music plays and I feel the warmth of love radiating from my loved ones towards me.
There is a warm flood of joy that envelopes me from head to toe...and I know...I get to control my emotions, how I react to circumstances and how I choose to show up in the world!!!
Go ahead. Try it. Let me know what you think 😊