My weekly calender has a little section with some articles in it. Today on my break, I read one of the articles. It was written by Tess Whitehurst (author of The Good Energy Book), and she said when we encounter a difficult situation or person, our first instinct is to say "NO."
If we're encountering change, we resist. If we are dealing with a difficult person, we become enraged, or employ avoidance behavior - or simply ignore it.
Her position is that instead of pushing against the negative things in our life, we should say "yes." Acknowledge that, yes, this is happening. She further stated that by saying "yes," we become one with the situation at hand. Once we're at that point, then we start shifting the energy of the situation, making it possible for a positive outcome.
I really started thinking hard on that concept... and my most recent encounter with something like it. As some of you know, I was in a no-win situation at work. My friend told me I had a target painted on my back. Sometimes I could deflect it or hide it... but she was right, it was there.
I fought it for a long time... and at some point - maybe because I was tired of the fight - I said, "Yep, I've got a target." Once I acknowledged it and accepted it, things began to change for the better.
Now I have a new position at work. In fact, I'm in a whole new department. The people are nicer. The work is steadier. Heck, I even got a (little) bump in pay.
She might be on to something there... this year - and I know it's gonna be difficult - instead of pushing against every single obstacle in my way, I might just try saying "yes" instead. It couldn't hurt, right?