How do I cope with the emotional upset around me and not be affected by it?
In this year of unusual events, upheaval, and political divisiveness, emotions are running higher than usual.
What’s going on when I experience irritation, frustration, and even anger, throughout my day?
Are these all my own emotions? Or are they someone else’s? And even if they’re someone else’s, why am I affected by them?
The following tale may help.
In 2017, I was at rock-bottom financially, bank account at zero, savings gone dry, credit-cards close to maxed, and a roof over my head but no way to pay for it. I had sold my car the year before when I moved from Canada to Kansas City, in the US.
Two years prior, I had been a successful software developer but had grown to a point of emotional incompatibility with corporate subcultures and politics. And after two years out of the loop, I was rusty and unaware of the latest technological advances. A lot can happen in two years in the IT industry. All of my IT interviews had come up dry.
I was at a low point.