Thanks to a reader for this question:
"Of late there are many tensions at my work place due to some very inhumanistic proposals on work hours, leave and pay structures by the management. This makes me feel disheartened and uncomfortable. As this is a management decision, there is little I can do. I have been trying to keep away from discussions and presentations made on the subject, but find myself worried and often drawn into it. I am looking forward to attracting a wonderful job and a great pay with a fantastic work culture. Though I see good things about the place where I work now, I am not able to stay in that good feeling thought for long.
This is a scenario that many people seem to experience in various work contexts. Due to the decisions of higher-ups, people feel that they are going to be -- or already are -- treated with discourtesy and lack of fairness. They may feel powerless to influence decisions made by people in authority, and they may also feel that there is no viable options with regard to other jobs.
Well, that stinks. What can be done?
I know this will come as a shock, but I suggest a change in thoughts. Nothing good comes from feeling bad about any situation, and as a person shifts his/her perspective even slightly, the circumstances will improve -- either that or new, more-pleasing circumstances will present themselves.
Let's tinker a bit with the scenario:
"Of late there are many tensions at my work place due to some very inhumanistic proposals on work hours, leave and pay structures by the management. I don't like what is developing, and other workers share my concern. Thankfully, I'm not alone in this.
"This makes me feel disheartened and uncomfortable when I think about it, but it helps to know that I am free to turn my thoughts elsewhere, and I am free to envision my work environment the way I would like it would be.
"As this is a management situation, there is little I can do. I have been trying to keep away from discussions and presentations made on the subject but find myself worried and often drawn into it. It seems that management is proposing things that are inadvisable for the long-term stability of the company, and it's possible that someone in power will think about the importance of worker satisfaction and suggest a new approach. Surely this will seem obvious to someone. Meanwhile, I'll continue to focus as much as I can on my work and allow the others to engage in this controversy. Since it doesn't feel good to me, I'll sidestep it as best I can.
"I am looking forward to attracting a wonderful job and a great pay with a fantastic work culture. I know it's possible, for I know of other people who have manifested such circumstances. I'm going to spend time every day deliberately envisioning how I want my work place to be. I'll visualize myself looking forward to work each day, making good friends of co-workers, getting along fine with management, and feeling a deep sense of accomplishment about what I do. I will craft this scenario in my mind, adding whatever good-feeling details occur to me daily.
"Though I see good things about the place where I work now, I am not able to stay in that good-feeling thought for long. But at least I can find those few things to briefly feel good about. That's actually a big step in the right direction. This is a skill that I can develop, and I believe it will serve me very well. I will take some time each day, maybe at lunch time, to deliberately go on a "hunt" for more things to appreciate about my work. I'll make it like a fun game, a treasure hunt. And when I find a new aspect to feel grateful about, I'll laughingly pat myself on the back. Maybe I'll keep a notebook, too, where I list the positive aspects of my work environment, and I'll go over it each day.
"Maybe I'm not yet proficient in seeing the pleasing aspects of my surroundings, but so what? I understand that as I practice this, it will become more automatic, and I'll be in a position to watch my environment improve.
"I'm so glad I know about Law of Attraction and that no matter where I find myself, I can eventually get to where I want to go by step-by-step altering my thoughts. This is the key to a life of thriving, and I'm happy that I can practice and then watch this work scenario change for the better...and better...and better yet.
"My work has caused me to shoot off many rockets of desire for an absolutely optimal situation, and that improved environment is waiting for me in my vibrational escrow. All I need to do now is let it manifest through the magnificent power of my happier thoughts."
My day lily bulbs don't feel daunted by the dirt -- they simply keep their focus on the sky and shoot flowers up into the fresh air.