Today I went back to Bikram yoga for the first time in about two months. I have lots of excuses as to why I stayed away so long, but I won’t bore you with those. What i will say, is that the clarity of thought that comes during those 90 minutes, is stunning. I wish I could bring my laptop in there and write. My brain gets incredibly creative when I’m trying to think of nothing at all.
Lately, I have been kind of stressing out about where I’m at in my career, and during today’s practice I decided that was silly. I reminded myself that any sense of control is an illusion. Why do I keep forgetting that? My current job came to me in a cosmic way. There must be some lesson I’m there to learn before I move on to anything else. I just need to open myself up for the next challenge. Why do we waste so much time trying to figure out what we are meant to do? It’s like shaking a big wrapped present trying to guess what’s inside.
Also lately, I’ve been sick a lot and not feeling very emotionally stable. DUH! I forgot to exercise – at all! The most important task I have before me is self-care. If I take care of myself, by eating right, sleeping 8 hours, and showing up to yoga twice a week, my mind and body will be clear and ready to act on whatever new opportunities arise.
And the last thing I kept thinking about in yoga was the writing prompt Laura sent for today. I was running back the tapes in my brain searching for a story about curiosity. By the time I was driving home I had settled on the story of how I got my foot in the door of an ad agency while I was still a freshman in college.
I was taking a communications class and we had to give presentations. One of my classmates gave a presentation on what it was like to work at an ad agency. I walked up to her afterwards and asked her a ton of questions, including “Can I come by one day for a tour?” She replied that they were actually looking for interns. I interviewed a few days later with the office manager who had a photo behind her on the shelf of her and a friend hiking. I asked her if the picture was taken on the Napli trail on Kauai. She launched into a story about it and we talked about Hawaii. I had a paid internship there by the time I walked out of the room.
I realize now that my natural curiosity in people and their stories has contributed to my success. In order to continue that success, I need to think/talk less about myself and start asking more questions – but try to not do either while in Yoga.
Prompt #21 (Nov 23) Curiosity killed the cat, but also gave Kevin McAllister the skills to defeat the Wet Bandits. Twice. Tell us about a time that you chased curiosity as far down the rabbit hole as it would go and where did it take you?