I was speaking to a friend the other day whose relative had recently had a heart attack as a result of working too hard and a poor life balance. Whilst this person was a fit person that had a healthy diet, he was not sleeping well and had high blood pressure as a result of the stresses relating to work.
Unfortunately, the heart attack left him with ailments that will affect him for the rest of his life and has experienced a difficult journey of accepting the way he is today. Over time, he has been able to reflect and see the positive side to his heart attack. He says that his heart attack represents a “Good Present Wrapped Badly”. When I had heard these words, my focus was purely on the “good present” and thought that he must be crazy however as my friend explained further, it all started to make sense.
In his eyes, he associates the event being the heart attack as ‘bad wrapping”.
He associates the “good present as a box of goodies such as;
- Change in career (less stressful)
- Able to reflect /focus on what true happiness is
- Able to reflect / focus on the things that are important in life
- Cherished personal and family time
- Now has a balanced work / life balance with life taking precedence
- …and the list goes on
It was such a refreshing way to look at one’s current circumstances and select all the positives that are a result of an unfortunate event…an event that could have taken a turn for the worse.
I had completed a list of the good things in my life about a year ago but have recently altered it slightly to reflect the “Good Present Wrapped Badly” format.
Understand your core values in life and make sure you stick with them. Unfortunately, we can be impacted by health events in our life that will have us return to the core values we once forgot about.