LIFE LESSONS A TOXIC CO-WORKER TAUGHT ME

A difficult situation can teach you a lot of life lessons if you're prepared to learn and grow from it, rather than harbouring resentment.

LIFE LESSONS FROM A TOXIC WORKPLACE

A few years ago I wrote a lot of blog posts about working through leaving my toxic job. It was a watershed point in my life where I realized that I was in a situation beyond my control and it had seriously messed with my mental and emotional health. I survived, rebounded, re-assessed, and now I feel like I'm in a much better place......not because of what I went through, but in spite of what I went through. 

I walked away from that mess and moved on, but I also learnt some valuable life lessons from that difficult time, and I thought I'd share a few of them today.....

LIVING WITH AND MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN

Living with chronic pain is a lot more bearable if you give yourself grace, practice patience, live in the "now", be grateful, and stay positive.

LIVING WITH AND MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN

It's strange how you take so much in your life for granted....until something is taken away from you. I read somewhere a long time ago that it's not until we're in pain that we realize how much we take pain-free living for granted.....and I can certainly attest to that! I look back to how I'd stride out each day for my morning walk, and all the bending and twisting I could do without giving it a second thought, and I miss it every.single.day. 

It's been a year now since my hip pain flared up, and as the pain settles into becoming my "new normal" and limits so much of my life, I can see that weathering this storm depends on several different approaches - including taking the medication I'm prescribed, doing what I can to maintain my physical strength, and also on my attitude and my perception of life. You can let pain and discomfort steal from you, and beat you down, or you can choose to rise above it and learn from it - I'm choosing the latter.

HOW GRATEFUL ARE YOU FOR THE LIFE YOU HAVE NOW?

I used to hope I'd have a happy life - and after decades of commitment I think I've finally arrived.

FEELING GRATEFUL AND HAPPY

I've heard the expression "happiness is very overrated" and thought it was a little bit sad. I don't think we can expect to be happy every moment of every day, but I genuinely believe that we can create a life where we feel a sense of peace, contentment, and happiness.

Some people want all the bells and whistles and feel cheated when life doesn't provide it for them. I'm not one of those people, I've always just wanted a life where I wake up in the morning and look forward to what the day ahead has in store for me. It's taken many years to arrive at the point where I feel a quiet sense of happiness deep within and that's what today's post is all about.....