How A Suspension Can Open Your Eyes
Have you ever wondered what would happen or what you’d do if you were suspended from something?
Whether it’s from a loss of a job, school, or from a platform, suspensions or being banned can put a lot of perspective into how you view something. This in turn affects how you treat something or someone in your own life.
Loss is something that we all face in our lives. It’s pretty natural for us to be losing things over and over again. But ever the optimist I am, I’ll always say:
“There is always something you can learn from the loss.”
Yesterday I lost something. Mind you it was temporary, but still impactful.
I lost my Medium account.
Now, I wasn’t the only one as many people experienced this problem, it was simply a bug that Medium fixed. However during that time I was thinking…
What would I do if my Medium account was actually suspended forever?
What would you do in such a situation?
You see loss is a wonderful, but also harsh thing. Some times loss can be seen far ahead. Like the fact we’re all going to eventually die. And some times loss can be abrupt, like someone having a stroke suddenly and dying earlier.
Of course the loss, regardless of the case, is saddening. But what matters most in that situation is how you’ll progress without that person or thing in your life.
Yesterday, even as my account was only suspended due to a glitch, it got me thinking about my attitude. Like I said this affects my view of my work and how I intend to grow on the platform.
All the same, a loss of a tool you use for your business can be a severe blow depending on your views, how often you use it, and what role it serves.
So why is all of this important?
With regards to objects, it defines your objectives. It also puts into perspective your current priorities in life right now.
This in turn allows you to better understand what to cut off in your life in exchange for what you want to pursue.
For example, I have no social life outside of the small circle of friends I have, my time going to a cafe to write, and my family. Talking and being social right now isn’t a priority compared to my time working and growing this business.
But this is something that I’m fine with. Right now, my priority is growing my business and being able to manage it on my own with my current resources.
However, it also shows my whole attitude as well about those things. Clearly being social is important to me. Even if I do little, there is still effort there. But it’s more prominent that I prioritize my business, growing it to a point where I’m financially stable.
For you, it might be different and that’s okay. But looking at our attitudes towards certain things can help us understand how we treat something. It can also explain what our next move is.
If I lost an income stream, I’d work to find another. If I lost a valuable friendship, I’d look at what caused it. If I lost a family member, I’d reflect on the things we discussed or did and keep them in memory.
For you, it might be different and that’s okay.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon