Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Oct 14, 2016
What Do I Do When People Let Me Down? - RN 053

“Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.” - Sir Laurence Olivier

It’s a fact of life and one we cannot escape – disappointment by the people around us. There isn’t a way to avoid being let down from time to time, but there are ways to make the experience one that can be learned from and there are things we can do to ease the pain and find a silver lining.

Here are 5 things you can do to handle the pain of being let down:

  1. Take a deep breath (or several) – literally. Breathing feeds oxygen to the brain and helps it function at its best. You’ll need this to think clearly and logically about the situation.
  2. Find a positive. The old phrase “Every cloud has a silver lining” is, in my opinion, true. Find that silver lining and focus your energy on that. Make lemonade out of your lemons.
  3. Take a brisk walk. It’s a proven fact that exercise releases endorphins into your brain that trigger happiness. Beat the blues by chemically charging your mind with a better outlook.
  4. Create something new. For me, making something is uplifting to me. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative person, give it a try.
  5. Decide to forgive and love anyway. The bible says to love your neighbor. It helps you to take the high road. You have the blessing of having done the right thing and the satisfaction of having closed the issue yourself.
  6. Pray for them. For spiritual people, prayer is a big part of getting past being let down. We never know the full story behind why people behave the way they do, but God does, and He is the One we go to for that supernatural involvement. There may be struggles at home that are the cause of a poor attitude. Pray blessings on those who let you down and ask that God intervene on their behalf.
  7. Move on; Don’t wallow in self-pity. Holding on to the negative stuff only churns up mud in your life. Let it go and be done with it.

It’s all about flushing away the negatives. Follow these 5 points, and hopefully, you can see brighter days if someone lets you down.

This week’s Positive Review:            Bayer Back & Body

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Sep 2, 2016
How To Handle Adversity In The Workplace - RN 047

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” - Michael J. Fox

No workplace is immune to the problems that humans can cause. It can make us crazy when there’s adversity in the workplace.

In order to solve the problem, I think you should ask yourself some honest questions.

Am I the problem?

Do I relate poorly with those around me due to:

Social awkwardness

Being too blunt

Being too opinionated

Being too selfish

If I’m not the problem, then am I making things worse by my reactions?

Being too defensive

Being too sensitive

If I'm not the problem, then what can I do to fix, or at least help, the situation?

The following 7 suggestions are not the complete list of things to try, but they are a good start

  1. Consider the cause (There could be underlying factors causing stress at a co-worker’s home)
  2. Be willing to compromise
  3. Be willing to forgive AND forget
  4. Be willing to apologize you’ve accidentally offended (or intentionally)
  5. Always take the high road
  6. Communicate one on one to find a solution together
  7. Mind your own business and do your job

Sometimes you do all you can, but the problem persists

If you’ve done all the right things, it’s probably beyond your control

This week’s Positive Review: Impractical Jokers on TruTV