So it has been said countless times that you can definitely survive life and all the challenges that come with it, only that nobody promised these challenges would be easy. True enough!

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[one_half_last]Just when you thought the sailing is smooth, life literally throws curve balls at you distracting your current path; and I must admit, I am getting used to this happening regularly. And even so, I still never get immune nor prepared with all these unexpected upsets, discomforts, and yes, disappointments. Oh well, life is just like that and you can simply choose how to deal with it; either with tension, complains and negativity or with courage, hope and positivity that can lead you to discover blessings as you roll with the punches (I choose the latter).[/one_half_last]

Ironically, apart from having to dodge these curve balls, life sometimes gives me the task to deliver these “curve balls” to others. As unfavourable as it is, this is life’s challenge to me and I say no to backing down! And so yes, I accept the responsibility to be the one delivering this inopportune news to others. And this responsibility comes with a price I have that I have to pay.

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In my workplace, having to be the one telling people that their work is not meeting certain expectations elicit not-so-good results and this includes people feeling bad about it (or even me). While this is something never easy for me, as a leader, I need to the face up to this duty. Similarly, in my home, giving disappointing news to my family also presents the same results!

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However, these prices I have to pay also have prizes I get to enjoy and draw encouragement from. My co-workers now realize that they can truly depend on my honesty and transparency. Being able to acquire their trust is something really rewarding for me. When my children realize how life is a challenge they need to battle themselves, I find joy in the fact that they’ve grown as responsible individuals ready to face any curve ball that could surprise them along the way. And all of these are the prizes that come with the price I have to pay.

As I continue to make an effort to be true to myself and others, my conscience rests at peace. The duty of delivering unfavourable news to others are my efforts of helping them similarly accept the fact that life is fair enough to give curve balls that bear not only prices but prizes as well. And that there are hidden blessings with every catch of a curve ball!

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I break unfavourable news gently to others?

2. Am I able to receive unfavourable news myself?

3. Do I allow disappointment of others to cloud my judgment regarding delivering unfavorable news?

In my workplace, having to be the one telling people that their work is not meeting certain expectations elicit not-so-good results and this includes people feeling bad about it (or even me). While this is something never easy for me, as a leader, I need to the face up to this duty. Similarly, in my home, giving disappointing news to my family also presents the same results!