“When the last thing you want to do is deal with any humans, the best thing to do is to deal with many humans.” Robert James Braathe, 2009
I’ve found that the worst thing one can do during difficult times is to shut down completely from everyone else and everything else. I find that I work my best when perhaps my mind is elsewhere. It forces me to really focus on how I am channelling that frustration, despair, or agitation into something productive.
If you shut down and keep to yourself, very often this draws more attention to yourself than you really need. By going out of your way to work and intermingle with others (especially when you may not be at your best) can turn the worst of situations and moods into something worthwhile.
I had an employee tell me that she always like to be around me when something really bad happenned to me or at work because inevitably I’d rise like a phoenix from the ashes. This was because I always look at the opportunity in times of difficulty rather than focusing on the difficulty itself.