Sunday, March 1, 2009

Antidote for Mad Hatter Disease

Did you know where the term "mad as a hatter" came from? Apparently, back in the olden days, hatters would use a mercury compound to make felt hats. Too much mercury exposure led to poisoning. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include delirium, hallucinations, and suicidal tendencies. So, the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland had good reasons for acting a little well, crazy.

My question is, what is poisoning you in your work? I work in an industry where communication is vital. It's not beneficial to hold a grudge and stop talking to someone. Disagreements must be addressed and resolved quickly. In health care, poor communication can mean everything from irritated family members to death.

Forgiveness is the only way to detoxify your system. When you are angry or frustrated with someone, you allow them to control your feelings, sometimes even your life. If you don't let go of your hurt and allow God to heal, your body turns on you. You might get headaches, acid reflux, anxiety attacks... every system can be affected. Your mood can become bitter or depressed... you have to be willing to let go and move on. That doesn't mean the person who hurt you will be your best friend; it just means you'll be a better person.

So, if you don't want to go crazy, don't get poisoned at work!

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