This morning I logged on to Google Analytics, and at first glance, it looked like a quarter of the people who usually read my blog read it last month. For a micro-second, I assumed the worst, that I had published a whole month of duds (turns out Analytics was showing me the week view, not the month view).
Normally I’m not primed for negativity, but perhaps I jumped to the worst-case-scenario conclusion because I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. These compounding challenges may have temporarily changed my world view to “oh no, here’s another bad thing.”
I get the sense I’m not alone in this. People sometimes bring their bad days in the office home to their families at night. A challenging meeting might negatively influence the next meeting. Emotion-packed conversations can leave us drained, affecting later interactions. And perhaps decision-making is most profoundly impacted during these times.
Perhaps the best thing any of us can do is realize when we are on the struggle-bus and plan accordingly.
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