Do you just live your life and passively resign to your predicament, or do you choose to choose
and actively create the kind of life that you want for yourself?
If we do not experience a sense of purpose in our work, we can choose to do one of two things
(aside from resigning ourselves to being unhappy): find work that is meaningful, or find something meaningful in our work.
Remind yourself to focus on the here and now, start wearing a wristband, paint the word now on your watch, or have a screensaver on your computer or phone that you associate with being present. Focus on your breathing or on some other physical sensation (or even your physical surroundings). Even a minute of centering every few hours can go a long way toward improving the quality of your entire day.
How to Deal with Difficult People: Smart Tactics for Overcoming the Problem People in Your Life by Gill Hasson
Some people know exactly how to be difficult. They’re the people who bring you down with their negativity, criticism or anger. They refuse to cooperate.