Veronica was finding herself reluctant to get up in the morning these days, and usually arrived home from work exhausted. Upon reflection, she realized that this was a completely new phenomenon, since she had always been a happy, optimistic soul who loved her work and had no reason to complain about her situation. This new feeling had started, she realized, shortly after she had been informed that her performance at work was not up to standard.
A few weeks ago, Veronica’s boss had called and asked her to step into his office for a few minutes. Upon doing so, Veronica was shocked to find that she was being taken to task over her inability to solve a technical problem related to the development of a new product, in a timely manner. The experience was all the more painful due to the fact that her boss had recently been promoted to the position, and prior to that had been of the same standing as herself within the department. She could recall many times when Martin, the new promotion, had called upon her for help, when he was having difficulties, and she had gladly offered her assistance.
Upon leaving Martin’s office, Veronica had felt humiliated and hurt, and also felt more than a little resentful. As the day wore on, she had found that she was focusing on these “betrayals”, and these thoughts had grown in frequency and strength ever since. This, she concluded, was the reason her attitude towards work had changed. Her workplace now represented a place of conflicting emotions. On the one hand, Veronica fully appreciated that it was now Martin’s job to manage projects and ensure that tasks were completed on time, however she could not help bringing to mind that just two months ago they had been friends, as well as colleagues.
Veronica realized that these frequent thoughts, and not the situation itself, were responsible for her negative feelings towards her working environment. She knew she could not change the situation; in fact, she had welcomed Martin’s promotion at the time, considering him a suitable candidate for the post. It seemed that her best way forward would be to cease thinking about Martin’s recent behavior towards her altogether. This she had attempted many times, however, try as she may, she could not get the subject out of her mind. At random times throughout her waking hours, she would find herself having uncomfortable thoughts about the new dynamic that existed between her and Martin. This was driving her to distraction.
Knowing her interest in personal development, a friend had gifted her a copy of a book called ‘Zan on Zen: Saying “NO!” to Negativity’, which she had yet to read. She had briefly glanced at the chapter titles and had felt intrigued by them at the time, but had not yet set aside time to read it. This she resolved to do, never for an instant imagining how effective it would be.
The spirit of the book made sense to Veronica, being a deep thinker and having a curiosity regarding the meaning of life. She found the reading interesting, and the ideas put forward in the book agreed with her logical disposition. Reading the book had a relaxing effect on her, decidedly so when performing the mental exercises, and she soon found that her views were changing about the nature of life. Picking up the book to continue reading about this new concept of reality was something she now looked forward to with anticipation, and she would often find herself contemplating the concepts therein. Veronica soon realized that her dwelling on the issue at work had diminished and been replaced, to a large extent, by the concepts put forward in the book. It seemed that her malaise had somewhat been dealt with and she no longer felt quite so affected by the situation with Martin. She was absolutely astounded, however, when she read, and performed the exercises within, chapter nine. The concept put forward in this chapter, and the straightforward, practical exercises for enabling it, proved effective beyond her wildest dreams. Not only were the exercises fun to do, but Veronica found that they were accompanied by an overpowering feeling of tranquility, peace and well-being.
From that point on, Veronica’s work-life returned to its previous condition of loving her job, interest and satisfaction. To say that she never looked back would be an understatement.