Blog: The Chicks Uncorked
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
– From “Vitae Summa Brevis,” Ernest Dowson, 1896
The days of wine and roses. Such a beautiful way to express a time of happiness and prosperity in our lives.
The thing is, how often do we realize when we’re in it? I mean, we may be aware things are going well in our lives, but it’s never possible to know how long those days will last. That uncertainty can be enough for some of us not to enjoy the good periods to their fullest — we’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
We’re wasting our time, energy and appreciation of the moment by anticipating it will end, which it certainly will any some point. What a pity that we’re letting ourselves miss out.
When we’re not paying full attention to what’s right before us, we’re not being mindful. We’re distracted by fears, what ifs or worries. We’re consumed with regrets or mistakes of the past. We’re not giving ourselves the gift of fully experiencing the moment we’re in. And when those moments are extra delightful, we’re really doing ourselves a disservice.
My meditation practice has helped me become so much more tuned in to the here and now. I’d dabbled with it for many years, but I built a consistent practice using the Calm app about three years ago. The app provides a wide range of meditations geared toward improving sleep, easing stress and anxiety, boosting inner peace and focus, soothing relationships, and more.
The Daily Calm is a 10-minute guided practice I’ve now done consecutively for 825 days. For me, the victory of that streak is that it’s helped me make meditation a vital part of my daily routine. I often incorporate additional meditations, plus I take yoga a few times a week, which also provides significant opportunities for calm and focus.
I’ve gotten so into this mindfulness thing that it’s the cornerstone of the work I do as a career change strategist. If any realm of our lives can benefit from greater concentration, sounder problem solving and decision making, enhanced creativity and less stress, it’s our professional lives. And changing jobs or navigating a career move can involve some of the most challenging, anxiety-provoking times we experience professionally.
In fact, research shows that more people than not would love a new job or career. However, many feel so overwhelmed by the whole thought of making a change that they don’t do it, choosing to stay in an unhappy or unsatisfying work situation rather than put themselves through the stress and uncertainty of pursuing work that will be more enriching and meaningful.
But when we’re mindful and know the right steps to take in the right order, finding a new job or career is an incredibly rewarding experience. When we’re doing work that is a great fit for us, we’re in alignment with our strengths, values and goals. Our health, interpersonal relationships and overall mood enjoy boosts. We’re happier. We’re more in the moment. We’re better equipped to tackle work and life with zest and joy.
And, we’re in a far better position to create the days of wine and roses, and to know we’re there.
Authored by Trie … check out her Four Excellent Wine Adventures, Unencumbered With A Sip & A Smile, Sipping In God’s Square Mile and Mindfully Wineful and Do It Myself … Sometimes. Get to know more about her and her fine time with wine!