Christmas is done and dusted and most of us survived. It’s the busiest time of the year for our business and while everyone else is swanning around on the beach or traveling, we are up to our ears in dirty linen. Noice.
So you can imagine my sickly grin yesterday I got an email from our accountant. After the normal pleasantries, she said ‘I hope you had a relaxing holiday’. Seriously, what the fuck? We’ve basically had one day off; Christmas Day.
Her kind message really got up my nose. How dare she!
A little while later, I came across this wonderful teaching. When you’re in the middle of something challenging/shitty/stressful/boring ask yourself this question…
Am I burning karma or making it?
This stopped me in my tracks. Here I am deep, deep into this self-reflection (or self-obsession?) and I had never asked myself if I’m burning off karma. aarrggghh
I mean it’s super easy to stay all zenned-out when you don’t have any challenges (as I usually do not) but another thing altogether when I’m at work, in the heat of things (quite literally, it’s bloody hot in a commercial laundry, even when you’re just bossing other people around! Or dealing with family stuff. Or slow traffic. Or people who stand in the middle of the aisle at the markets. I’ve found my patience wearing thin lately, the heat can do that, people blocking the aisle can do that. Take a deep breath, Christine!
As work has become busier I’ve had to choose between meditation and journaling most mornings, my clean diet post-cleanse has almost gone out the window (it’s too damn hot to eat Dahl and porridge at the moment, anyway! I’m amazed (every time – slow learner) at how my calm leaches slowly away if I neglect my practice.
Mindfulness is the first step. If i’m being a cranky cow, surely the fact that I am aware of it is a start…