Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This may sound like I’m over-simplifying. Some would say, I need to go to work. I can’t just stay at home to rest.
Your body has the intelligence to tell you what it needs, usually in sensations, aches and pains. When you wake in the morning and that voice in your head is telling you "another 10 minutes please", its best to listen. If you’re already running on empty, your body is probably telling you its time for a day spent snoozing in bed.
But sometimes, the answers aren’t as simple.
Two months ago I joined a biggish corporate to work part-time in a role I was super excited about it. Super excited didn’t even describe it. I was ecstatic!
Except I didn’t get the role I applied for. There were three roles, three different job descriptions, three same job titles. Easy mistake. On my first day, I found out I accepted a role I didn’t want, dang it! But after pondering overnight, I decided chance has thrown me an opportunity here. What it is hasn’t fully revealed itself yet. But it is slowly taking shape.
Like pieces of a puzzle I’m starting to see parts of it. Let me explain. I went for a product management role, but after a few weeks I realised a lot of my time was spent giving sales support, which irked me no end. Even though I was a newbie, I braved it and asked my manager to help me get a resource. So help is coming. In the meantime, I learned to embrace it.
Another thing, I work in a hot-desking environment. No one gets a designated desk. Everyone moves around. The only constant is that you have a locker to keep all your stuff in at the end of the day. Where you sit can change from day-to-day depending on if I can score the same desk from before or if the team is having a collab day.
I realised that my subtle energy antenna has grown much over the past months. Being a sensitive, I knew I was going to feel things, but I didn’t expect to be bombarded daily with other people’s stressed out, prickly energy. It’s like fine sharp needles piercing my energy field each day. Yes, this situation bothers me and except for the obvious, I don’t see a quick fix. Maybe there isn’t one. But there is a reason why I’m here. So I’m hanging around until it shows up. Or at least until my body starts to decide for me.
Us sensitive types in the past would have run away to the hills and lived like hermits. In fact, I’m constantly thinking about chucking it all in. But I have a family to look after and I know that this situation is only as real as I allow it to be.
Bringing it back to you - in times of intense frenzy and pressure, there are some practical ways to manage your own personal space.
- Take time out to break up the day just to bring awareness to your breath. Maybe go somewhere quiet. Breathe in, breathe out, three times.
- Shake it off. Move. Run. Dance. Do whatever you need to move that prickly stagnant energy off you.
- Express gratitude for your experience, because at some level, you asked for it. Find that hard? Pick one good thing about your day to be thankful for.
- Meditate daily. Take a few quiet minutes to drop into the zone at the end of your day. Who knows? You might get some revealing insights about your “why”.
- The universe is never going to give you anything you can't handle. Whatever you think is difficult right now, is there for your own expansion. Just enjoy it.
- Know that this moment too, shall pass. This event is temporary. One day, it will only be a memory. Maybe not even that.
The challenge of our time is to master how we stay within our core, be resilient, stay true to ourselves and not get distracted or affected by whatever is happening around us. Perspective is everything. Because it’s all about perception.
Today my job is like lovely, soothing lemon tea…that’s what I’m affirming.