Communicating pain to others is not easy to do. Take, for instance, grumpy, busy people. Rather than simply saying, “Wow. I’m really stressed and struggling with my workload,” they choose an alternative method.
With gritted teeth or the “talk-to-the-hand” roll of the eyes, they attempt to inform people, “You don’t have it as bad as me,” or “Take pity on me,” or “Don’t cross me.” (The last being communicated by grumpy and tired, busy people.)
I know these tactics because I once attempted them. Of course, I failed miserably. In the end, I didn’t get sympathy, but I did get dismissed as a grumpy, busy person (that people didn’t want to work with).
The idea that we’ll be happier when we’re not as busy is the illusion. A solution lies in being a gutsy, busy person. These people are busy making a difference for more than themselves.
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