Nov 9 2016
Interpersonal Skills and Self Development
By Chaouki Eid; Deputy Managing Director - Meirc Training & Consulting
I recently enjoyed reading an article titled “When's the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?” by William C. Taylor. My thinking then took me in another direction and I started thinking “When was the last time I lost something that meant something to me”, and which would be more challenging: Doing something for the first time or losing something that we had taken for granted?
Examples regarding something we lost are many, and include:
It is unfortunate that we take many things in life for granted and it is not till we lose them that we start appreciating them. Let’s of course keep in mind that the scope of this discussion does not include losing loved ones, which would be completely different and could be discussed separately.
Going back to my earlier question about which is more challenging: Doing something for the first time or losing something that we had taken for granted? I believe both are challenging, however the loss is usually more difficult to deal with than going towards the unknown.
Counting our blessings, reminding ourselves of how good we have it and appreciating what we still have is a must. Accepting the loss without the nagging part will help us cope better and will allow us to stay focused on the future.