Road Tripping to Far, Deep and to the Heart

Mar 31, 2023

These last few weeks have been interesting for me. I have been thinking about the trip around the sun and the experience of all of it. Indeed, we do not live as a sum total of all our highs and lows. The challenges and setbacks we face can teach us valuable lessons that can be applied in the workplace, and the good times can provide us with the motivation and inspiration to excel.

These last few weeks have been interesting for me. I have been thinking about the trip around the sun and the experience of all of it. Anyone can relate when I say that sometimes we miss or get lost in the everyday.  Indeed, we do not live as a sum total of all our highs and lows. That may be why we sometimes end up with what-ifs and why we didn’t.  Another thing I am grappling with is why we would instead look for the silver lining to avoid the dark cloud. When we take some time to slow down and experience the highs, lows and in between, beautiful things happen.

 

Truly experiencing both the good and the bad is crucial to personal growth and development. While we all strive for happiness and success, it’s important to remember that the challenges and difficulties we face can teach us valuable lessons and help us appreciate the good times even more.

 

Being present in the moment, without judgment or distraction, allows us to engage entirely with our positive and negative experiences. When we only focus on the good in life, we can become complacent and take things for granted. On the other hand, challenges and setbacks can help us grow and develop resilience, ultimately leading to tremendous success and happiness.

 

By being mindful and present in the moment, we can fully engage with our experiences and learn valuable lessons from the good and the bad.

 

What does this have to do with a professional or career journey?

 

Many of us are cruising on autopilot and missing the scenery along the way.

 

The challenges and setbacks we face can teach us valuable lessons that can be applied in the workplace, and the good times can provide us with the motivation and inspiration to excel.

 

In terms of career development, experiencing the bad can be as important as sharing the good. Setbacks and failures can help us develop resilience, perseverance, and problem-solving skills, which are highly valued in the workplace. We can become more effective and successful by embracing challenges and viewing them as opportunities for growth and learning. By being present and attentive to our colleagues’ and clients’ needs and perspectives, we can build trust, collaboration, and understanding.

 

Let us stop segmenting our lives and our experiences, we were not meant to compartmentalise.

 

When you can see through

Your own reflection,

You have traveled far.

 

When you see yourself

Reflected in the trees and stars,

You have traveled deep.

 

When your reflection gleams from

The face of another,

You have glimpsed the heart.

 

May these glimmers of memory

Stay with you while you sleep, and

Wake you to the wisdom that

Every soul keeps.

— Glimpsing the heart

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Nicolene
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