As a nurse I am often surrounded by the vulnerability of stress and depression. These feelings can be highly contagious, but I must remember that when dealing with people I must hold the spirit of friendliness and compassion to provide exceptional service. Occasionally I encounter circumstances that really challenge my limits, but I have found that using a pattern interrupt to break the automatic response cycle is very effective. It saves me from taking a path that leads to misery and regrets.
For example, recently I came to work one night, one of my co workers was trying to push my buttons. In that moment I remembered what my little daughter always says before I step out of the car when they drop me off to work. She probably doesn’t even know the impact of it to me, but it is really inspiring to hear the simple statement: “Mommy keep your joy, don’t let anyone take it away from you.” It energized me, and kept me from falling into the trap.