Offering Luminaries A Place to Cultivate
Enjoy A Little Peace & Ease
While on Your Journey to Become
Who You are Meant to Be....
Time and Time again.... life has proven that the only control we have is how we feel in each given moment. Prioritizing how you feel will help navigate the sometimes unpredictable workplace environment. Although this is very sage advice, not always easy to achieve.
It was early on a Monday morning and I was still sending “I trust you prayers” into the air at regular intervals. I was proud of how I was connecting to the universe and feeling strong.
---Then an expectation bomb blew my armour off.
It started with one short phone call. I could hear the stress in his voice searching for a solution, wanting me to reach deep and solve the conundrum. I offered my honest assessment. I did not see a easy solution. When I hung up I felt slightly guilty even though the issue never belonged to me alone. I overheard the phone ringing next door, he was still searching. I understood this was high stakes.
Moments later the phone rings back my way and I answer. Soon my office is filled with their accolades—celebrating my ability to figure this out. I resisted their praise not because I wanted to resist but because I was sincerely trying the practice of setting reasonable boundaries.
The air lightened as their tension eased with the worry no longer belonging to them. As they pushed it off to me all I could feel in that moment was my breath leaving my body.
As quickly as they rushed in, they left me holding the responsibility to find a solution immediately. I wanted to scream at the spirits circling above— What the %#@. I was trying to respectfully set a boundary for my health and look what happened.
I guess I should be proud that I solved most of it by the end of the afternoon. But this solution cost me— cost me much more than what can be returned in my pay check.
Although I am not able to offer you some perfect pearl of wisdom. I have identified the one silver lining in this story— it was the ability to feel it happening to me in real time. It was as if the entire story unfolded in slow motion, with my emotions front and center.
Perhaps the next time around, I can hold on to my personal boundary armour. Noticing when this all starts to unfold— allowing me to observe the emotions and then choose my reaction and not feel knocked off balance.
As I said earlier, the only real control in any situation in work and in life is how we control our emotions.
I believe that EVERY single person at work is struggling to find relief and balance at work—I am no exception. I will keep looking deeply at my experiences and practice as I embrace the opportunities I have to create, connect, and build.
In the end, having work is a blessing- in as- much as I get to identify areas for my spiritual growth.
Leave me a comment below.
How do you draw boundaries in your work life? Do you ever experience resentment when a project “dump” happens? What strategies or techniques have you used to find balance and renewal when your armour gets blown off.
As always- hearing what you have to say is the fuel that motivates me.
I appreciate your time and wisdom.
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