Cheers…To Finding the Profound
Are you sitting down? To hear about that which is Profound. Okay, well maybe you don’t exactly need to sit down for this one, or perhaps you already are. I’m thinking that you likely are, if you are on the WordPress prowl for today. After all, I am not sure that I’ve ever seen people reading or writing standing up, but, hey…I am not lurking around every corner, so what do I know? Either way, ‘it’s all good’, as they say, whoever ‘they’ is. By the way, have you ever tried to picture the proverbial ‘they’? Would ‘they’ be hippies, the business-type, self-proclaimed nerds, Cosmopolitan-type cover folk, Wall Street goers, or a mix of all and more. Maybe. I don’t know, but I’ve always wondered and now, I am wondering if you have ever wondered the same. Okay, but now I’m in one of my infamous thinking loops, so I will exit this scene for now and get going with this post.
Profound. Hmmm. A pro at finding things? Not so sure about that one, as I just made it up right now. For some reason, these WordPress prompts have elicited some inner, hidden desire I seem to have to break apart words and invent my own meanings. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but I suppose that it would be considered a creative thing. (Maybe because I was the only and youngest girl in my family, who was left to play by herself much of the time?) Regardless, you gotta give me ‘C’ for creative. Now, if the meaning that I attached were true, however, I would be terrible at profound. I really would. And now, as I age, I am even more ‘terrible-er’? I can hardly remember important day-to-day things, let alone find them. Sometimes, I don’t even remember that I have lost, misplaced or flat-out owned certain things, leaving me to buy duplicates only to discover the original item months later usually in the most peculiar places. ‘Who put it there? Oh, yah…it must have been me.‘ Speaking of losing things, that reminds me….one time, while travelling with my parents, I ‘misplaced’ my sunglasses. We looked everywhere, as we were headed for sunny skies wherein glasses were a must! We searched the tour bus, my bag, the hotel we had just come from, the restaurant we ate at for breakfast–NOTHING! And, just when I had resorted to the fact that I would likely have to spend 3000 Euros (okay, a bit of an exaggeration, but against our Canadian currency, the exchange was outrageous!) to buy myself a new pair, low and behold…we found them! Want to know where they were the whole dang time? I’ll give you a few guesses-______-_______-_______. Yep, indeed! they were PERCHED ATOP MY HEAD. No kidding!!! Sitting right there for all to see, except for the three of us apparently. Can you imagine?! Good heavens! ‘Looking high and low, like a water buffalo’, and all the while they were right there. And to think that I was only in my 30’s then?!? I wonder what I should expect as I go along in the coming decades? Truthfully, I am not sure I want to know. I’ll be lucky to find myself in a crowd in time to come.
On a more serious note, you and I both know that profound has nothing to do with my aforementioned fabricated meaning, but rather more to do with events that have been/are life-changing for us. Something unforgettable, which has stayed with us through the test of time. That pivotal moment. That earth-shattering realization. That ‘goosebumpy’ encounter. All so interesting that we could relate to others, but sometimes choose to keep only for ourselves. For me, while on the treadmill this morning, so very many instances came to mind, but the fact is that a simple post would not do any of them justice. But, I will share with you the single-most profound thing that I have done in my life that has led to numerous other profound things…kind of the ‘springboard’, if you will. It is simple, it won’t make the “Guinness World Record” book, and it may not even seem profound to you, but for me it has been an absolute game-changer. Ready for it?! Intrigued? I hope so. I CHANGED MY CAREER FROM FULL-TIME WORK TO PART-TIME (one day off a week).
About ten years ago, I came to the realization that life was just too short for the rat race. I was tired of being tired, cancelling family/friend functions, and working non-stop, as my work is something that also has to come home with me. And, if I wasn’t doing my work ‘work’, I was doing housework or yardwork. It wasn’t the life which I had imagined for myself. Not in the slightest. It wasn’t fulfilling, despite the fact that my career was/has been/is my life’s passion. After health scares and life losses within my family, and watching exhausted colleagues struggle to make retirement, I decided that I wasn’t going to become a statistic. That I would not only ‘make it to retirement’, but that I would manage to enjoy life along the way because, though I would risk my pensionable time and my yearly income considerably (a scary proposition, I will admit and sometimes, still is) I would invest in myself and create a more satisfying life/work balance. I had to or I wasn’t going to make it. Period. Because of that life-changing decision, I have since travelled to many places, met my husband (a very profound ‘find’, wink, wink;) and moved out to the country, aside from the obvious things that have changed. Interestingly enough, I have also since inspired other co-workers, who didn’t think a part-time schedule was even remotely feasible, to reduce their work equivalent. Needless to say, it has been life-changing for each of them. Proof that you just never know what is possible, unless you try or ask. Luckily, I have had very supportive bosses (some envious themselves of my time-off) along the way, and truthfully, it is now a requirement of mine when a change comes about and I find myself interviewing for other positions. I can do anything they ask, but in return, I must have my day off and if not agreed upon, then I continue on in my search. It’s just that important to me. The thing is that some higher-ups are beginning to realize that when employees invest time in themselves, it really is an investment for them as well, as their employees are far more productive. It’s a ‘win-win’ all around. As for the money ‘stuff’, I will just have to continue to figure that out as time goes on…at least, I will be here (God-willing) to do so.
Though different from my epiphany I am sure, or maybe you have something similar to relate, there is no doubt that you have had your own profound experiences. Please feel free to share, if you wish. Meanwhile, thank you for investing your valuable ‘me’ time in this post, knowing that, in return, I have thoroughly enjoyed investing my ‘me’ time in writing it. Cheers to the profound and to ‘finding’:-) more moments of ‘profoundness’ in the future.