One thing I find that really impedes on my happiness is that I generally forget to appreciate where I am in life, as I am always so focused on the future and the goals that I have set for myself. Because of this I am often discontented with my life, and unsatisfied with the job I have and the home that I live in.
I have realized recently that this can be helped as long as you are taking a step in the right direction, and if I cannot feel that way about a particular situation then I shouldn’t be where I am.
Let me explain a little better. I have just spent the last two years in college working towards a diploma to work as a Therapist Assistant. The entire time I was in school I hated it (I’m not a sit still and study type), but it was a step in the right direction…
Now that I have graduated and I am faced with the daunting task of finding my dream job, I am overwhelmed and frequently disappointed in what’s available to me. I have dreams of owning my own business one-day working privately as a Recreation Assistant for seniors and people with disabilities. For now though I will be working with the local health authority, as an Activity Worker in the Adult Day Program. It’s not ideal, and I am trained to do so much more and this put me off for a bit. I was a little upset at the financial need that pushed me to take the position, until I started thinking about it all as a step in the right direction. I will be working with the population that I eventually plan to base my business around and I am working in recreation, doesn’t hurt either that I will be making the money that I need to further my education and to invest in myself. So for now it’s a step in the right direction.
If you can change your frame of mind around an unfavourable situation you will often find a more positive point of view. I know that’s easier said then done, and we are impatient people. I want what I want and I want it NOW, but apparently… life’s not all that fair.
If however your dream is to be a big shiny star, and your stuck in the position as unknown moon #21, circling around the giant planet of a corporation, you need to take a different direction. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, just because they are big. It will take work and dedication but you can take small steps. Start by taking that night class, and getting certified to do something related to your dream. Work first at gaining knowledge and experience and then you will soon find your self rising to the top.
I guess what I’m really saying is stay focused on your path and set your goals high, but take time to appreciate the process of it. Acknowledge your accomplishments and change your frame of mind to one of pride and happiness… as long as your taking a step in the right direction, you’ll do all right!
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