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Offline Antonio1986

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Arising problem
« on: September 13, 2015, 09:48:17 am »
Please help me to adopt the correct behavior against arising problems.

For example: It is 19:00 I am in office. I am extremely tired, I have a headache, and I am ready to return home. Our director of sales enters my office and says: "We forget to answer to one very urgent e-mail. We must answer it now".
This process will take about 1 hour.

I think that the majority of people will react to these news with swearing or anger.

What a correct Buddhist should think?
Personally I try to think of these situations as challenges rather than problems. But most of the times I don't make it.
“I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free!"

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Re: Arising problem
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 11:30:47 am »
Hi, Antonio1986:

My suggestion would be to excuse yourself , explaining that you are feeling ill and let your boss know that you will respond as soon as you feel better.

Otherwise, two o'clock in the afternoon is a reasonable time for the boss to approach an employee and assign a task, given that working hours are within the normal daily working range.
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Re: Arising problem
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 01:31:35 pm »
The problem in this case is that I am the Βoss and the Directors of Sales just an employee of mine.
What I must do?
I must relax, put a smile on my face and just do the job.
This is what Buddhism teaches? When you find a difficulty or a problem try with positive thinking to solve it?
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Re: Arising problem
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 04:37:00 am »
Hi, Antonio.

You have hired to do a job.  While you are at work, that is why you are there.  In some positions, work does not end while you are still physically at work.  Sometimes we are expected to continue to work even while at home, eating dinner, taking a shower and etc..  This arrangement is typical of most professional, creative, and managerial positions. 

If you don't like what you are doing, then look for another job.

As for your thoughts, they are what Buddha called mental factors, or forms.  Simply observe them and be aware that they exist.  You may even want to label them, but you do not have to act upon them with intention.  If they are bothersome, then Buddha suggests that we just observe them, and just let them go, unless there is a need to act upon them, such as the case you described, where your superior is asking you to do the work for which you were hired.
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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