I've been REALLY distracted at work lately. It's so odd (or maybe not?): when I'm off work, I'm reveling in the moment- enjoying myself and the amazing people and things around me. When I'm at the restaurant though- POOF!- there goes my mind, drifting off to some unknown distant land.
Last night, mid-shift, a thought struck me: "Life is too short to be unhappy."
I know it seems trite, but think about it. We are on this earth (if we're lucky) for 50-100 years TOPS. Not to get all macabre on you, but if we're in your 40's, 30's or even 20's, a large chunk of that time has already passed. Bad days will always exist- those are what make the good so great!- but none of us have time to waste on long term experiences or situations that bring ongoing distress or suffering into our lives.
Are you discontent in your current job or career? (note: this exercise could work for any situation or relationship) Stop what you're doing and get comfortable. Close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths. Try to clear your mind and imagine:
**If money was no object, what vocation would you be pursuing right now?**
Really let our imagination go and create every facet of your lifestyle in this moneyless world... Where are you living? What sort of working environment are you apart of? What does your home look like? What hobbies are you participating in outside of your job? What kinds of people are in your life? When those images are nice and set, open your eyes and write down what you remember. It doesn't have to be Shakespeare, just get your thoughts out on paper (or word processor if you're so inclined).
If you'd like to take it one step further (as gentle yoga instructors like to say), look at that life you've imagined and realistically think about how you might be able to make that dream your REALITY. As someone so poignantly announced in my acting class last Wednesday, time is not on our side. Make every minute count- whether it's a much needed afternoon of r & r (because those probably count the most!!) or a full day of dropping off and sending out resumes; do what you want (and need) to do, keep positive thoughts in your head and you WILL get what you're aiming for.
I hope you take only happiness and goodness from these ponderings, life is beautiful and precious. Enjoy!