I woke up this morning feeling less than stellar so I’m taking it easy and working from home before I head out on my afternoon meeting circuit.
I have to share this note that was in Spencer’s fortune cookie last night.
Kind of a funny “fortune” don’t you think? But since I am in the middle of launching a new business and whatnot, well, I feel like the universe was maybe trying to say something. Be prepared. Don’t rush.
Or maybe there was some grandiose meaning lost in translation; take it as you will.
Another sign from the universe: I flipped open the book Shortcuts to Mindfulness and the essay my bookmark opened to is titled “How Working on Your Business is a Spiritual Path.” (<–not the first time I’ve flipped that book open to the exact thing I needed to read, it happened once before with The Great Art of Doing Nothing)
It gives me goose bumps. So spot on what I need right now. Catherine lists six ways that work is akin to spiritual development. The first, “You have the opportunity to confront your grandiosity: The daily tasks it takes to become successful in business confront the glamour, fame, and wealth the ego feels it its due. One the career path, you start at the bottom and work your way up. The ego humbles itself in the process of admitting how much you don’t know.”
The other five:
- You learn how to work.
- You learn to plant seeds and wait for the harvest.
- You learn to be of service to something bigger than yourself.
- You earn real, lasting self-esteem instead of the fake kind that comes from repeating affirmations.
- You reap the benefits of being in engaged in Right Livelihood – it feels good to know that your work helps create a better world.
I really suggest reading the full essay in the book Shortcuts to Mindfulness.
Alright, I’m off to conquer my to-do list, or at least part of it. I hear that successful women are willing to forego some of the to-do list on a regular basis, so I’ll be doing a bit of that today as well J
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Question of the day: Have you ever received a fortune cookie message that left you scratching your head?