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Radical Acceptance – A Positive “Side-effect” of a Chaotic Work Place

We normally view chaotic and stressful work environments as something to avoid like the plague. The more rigid they are, the more inflexible they are the more we try to avoid them and the more we complain about them.

This is an understandable reaction. We have enough challenges in our lives already with trying to regulate our emotions and keep a stable sense of self. However, by avoiding these situations we are passing up a good opportunity to learn and practice radical acceptance – and get paid for it!

At work most of us are not in a position of absolute authority. We have someone higher up the food chain that tells us what to do and can set policies, procedures and make all kind of rules. If we are lucky, we get to provide input or voice our thoughts and concerns, but we have no binding authority.

In order to succeed, survive even, we are forced to accept things we do not like at all. Policies aren’t contingent on our approval. We are forced to accept things the way they are, period. Effectively forcing us to practice and learn radical acceptance, at least if we value our job.

I stumbled upon this realization a week or two ago, when I was thinking about a conversion I had with my supervisor. He had commented about how I have successfully navigated sometimes difficult and political waters with minimal ‘drama’.

I have found that as the years go on that when I accept the reality that ‘this is the way things are now’, my life is a lot less stressful and a lot less ‘painful’. It has let me deal with difficult and ‘distasteful’ situations much easier. The less authority we have, the more chances we have to practice this principle. The more you do it, the more it becomes second nature.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Helpful Tips, My Journey, Thoughts, Thoughts on Mental Health.

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