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YOU’RE IN A RUSH AT THE SUPERMARKET. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CUSTOMER IN FRONT OF YOU HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEIR CARD PAYMENT AND NO ASSISTANT APPEARS WHEN THE CASHIER RINGS THE BELL. WHAT DO YOU DO?
A Fling your basket down noisily and harrumph out of the store without what you came for.
B Complain loudly about how annoying the situation is to the people behind you in the queue. C Take a deep breath. The shop is busy and someone will sort it out in a minute.
HOW MUCH DO YOU AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT: “LIFE IS ALL ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK AT IT”?
A Not at all.
B It depends on the situation. C This is my life mantra.
YOUR FRIEND SAYS THAT A MUTUAL FRIEND HAS BEEN BAD-MOUTHING YOU.
YOU DECIDE TO:
A Immediately drop the mutual friend, without an explanation. You don’t need that negative energy in your life. B Start bad-mouthing your mutual friend; you never really liked her anyway and clearly this is the nature of the friendship now.
C Wonder what the problem might be and, remembering what a good friend she has been in the past, talk to her about it.
A COLLEAGUE IS PROMOTED OVER YOU WHEN YOU FELT YOU TOTALLY DESERVED
THE JOB. DO YOU:
A Hand in your notice the next day. Who wants to work for a company that doesn’t value you?
B Try to undermine your promoted colleague whenever you can, to point out her flaws to management.
C Feel disappointed but accept the situation and talk to your manager about how you can gain more skills so that next time, it’ll be you.
YOU MISLAY YOUR PHONE AND NEED TO LEAVE FOR AN APPOINTMENT. YOUR FIRST THOUGHT IS:
A I’m totally useless. I’m always losing things.
B Why has this happened to me now? I so don’t need this!
C When did I have it last?
A Rage at the ticket collector – they are a representative of the lousy train company, after all.
B Drum your fingers, huff and sigh loudly. This always happens to you, and now your evening is ruined.
C Carry on reading your book. You’d just got to a good bit and it’s nice to have some extra time to enjoy it.
“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”
Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher
YOU ARE STUCK ON A LATE-RUNNING TRAIN ON YOUR WAY HOME. IT’S THE THIRD TIME THIS WEEK. ALL AROUND YOU PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING. DO YOU: