Ever heard phrases such as these?
‘It’s a total nightmare.’
‘I’ve had the day from hell.’
My guess is that if you have it wasn’t because you’ve been working in a refugee camp or delivering foreign aid to a war torn country – you’ve simply been eavesdropping on conversations at work.
It does seem that increasing numbers of people have developed a taste for the melodramatic. But so what if they have.. it’s not doing them any harm is it?
Well, actually it might be.
Creating mountains out of molehills can make us lose perspective. Our internal and external conversations can actually fuel our anxiety and ultimately disempower us.
Life throws enough challenges at us as it is, but if we’re not careful, how we frame these challenges and talk about them can weaken our ability to tackle them.
Yes, I realise there are days from hell, and nightmare scenarios, but thankfully for most people these are rare.
So let’s not create a drama and a crisis out of a situation that, at worst, is probably only tricky or challenging.
And if you are going to abdicate from the role of drama queen, perhaps take up the part of the hero. Most plays only have one hero… but I prefer David Bowie’s take on this:
‘We can be heroes.’
You see, it’s the small daily actions and decisions each one of us make that will ultimately make a positive difference. And no rehearsals are required.
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