You’ve already been verbally attacked by a frustrated client.
You’ve already been snapped at by an unhappy co-worker.
You’ve even been on the receiving end of the rantings of a disgruntled cashier at the local coffee shop.
The last thing you need now is the boss walking in with that all too familiar scowl on his face and derogatory tone in his voice.
Seriously, Boss, I can’t deal with you today!
It’s easy to let times like these drag us down. It’s easy to join in the negativity allowing it to transform us into short-tempered and mean-spirited people. Believe me. I know. I’ve succumbed to the dark side many times and have allowed negative people, boss included, to ruin not only my mood but also my entire day.
I’m not proud of it.
To combat the forces of negativity, I’ve found that my reactions make all the difference in the world. If I give in to the pessimism and anger, I’m done for. If I counter the pettiness and head-biting with positivity, however, I find strength and encouragement to rise above the negativity and make it through the day.
The Bible tells us this:
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
You may want to serve up a scathing zinger to the co-worker who has just blasted you with a nasty insult but, more than likely, you’d only make a bad situation worse. It could be that your co-worker is simply having a bad day. An understanding and concerned response from you could be the key to turning a bad day into a promising day. Remember, you’ve had those bad day, too!
Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
You can’t have an attitude of hatefulness and an attitude of gratefulness at the same time. It just doesn’t work that way. When that angry client calls or when you encounter that frustrated barista, thank God for that person and the opportunity to provide encouragement to someone who desperately needs it. In every situation, there is an opportunity to praise God. When you’re looking for that opportunity, you’re too busy to focus on the bad.
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3 NIV
When the boss comes in your office and seems to add to your stress, remember this:
Never, ever, is it a good idea to call your boss the Evil One.
At least, wait til he leaves the room and is out of ear shot! 😉