Where are you?
From January to June, how have you progressed as simply you?
There’s thing amazing young lady I’ve known at work since a few years back, who posted her “highlights” of the month knowing that half semester of 2020 has passed. Things like getting a certification after getting laid off and crying for a week, or her TikTok portfolio , or trying step 1 of headstand — are among her accomplishments these past few months. This is not her first time doing it. I remember she also did the same thing when she was turning age.
Looking at that, I felt taken aback. That was just beautiful. To be able to point out the things you’ve done or accomplished, including the so-called failures and the low-side of things, was just beautiful in my eyes. I was a bit teary, and embarrassed, knowing that if I was about to do the same, the least I could do is to name some achievements at work, and perhaps nothing else.
Two things I found profound. One is the ability to reflect, look back, and see the highlights of the things that have passed, is rare. This takes a sufficient self awareness, self-control as well as self-love: to accept, to acknowledge and to own what happened to you.
Two, is the ability look beyond just career accomplishment, which I know many of us probably wouldn’t be able to do. Many times, we are so tied up in our current job role, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic that we are now working almost 24/7 without many breaks — that only brought us even closer and closer to work (if not overwhelmed). I am 100% guilty in that sense. Preaching about primary food, that in my health coaching practice consists of spirituality, physical exercise, career and relationships — I personally haven’t been working enough on other aspects of these primary food, apart from career, which gave me a huge sense of fulfilment right now. (And so I’ve written about how “work is not our life”, what an irony? Alright, am working on it :D)
If you’re reading this, take a moment to pause. What are the highlights of your life, particularly these past 6 months? Where are you as a person, apart from the title-job assignment-role? How are you? Have you learned compassion? Have you become more patience? Have you felt more peaceful?
What was the lowest point you felt in the first half of this year? Why does that happen? What was the highest point you felt, and why is that? These are the questions worth asking, especially if we’re so busy thinking about other things, or getting so trapped in our day-to-day routines. Take also some time to appreciate yourself, express gratitude, for your body still is your sanctuary.
That, my friend, is one way to have a more meaningful life. It’s not something you attached to the things surrounding you. It’s the thing that’s inside you that matters.