Every so often we need to be reminded there’s sky above our heads.
Or at least I do.
I get so caught up in my to-do lists, my I-wish-they-woulds and my I-really-shoulds that I feel like I’m digging my own personal rut down to the center of the Earth. That’s when I need to remember there’s a whole sky above me, and that it’s not actually the weight of the universe bearing down.
Switching my perspective like that, or maybe I should say simply re-gaining my perspective, also helps me remember that there are a million stories in the naked city, or the hustling job market, and I’m just one of them.
And I think that’s good career advice. When I realize how many different ways there are to live a life, I also realize that there are many different ways to live my life.
That’s helpful information, especially these days.
Even though there are signs of economic recovery, many of us still don’t have the jobs we’d like, or maybe we find ourselves doing three or four jobs in addition to our own because of layoffs.
Remembering that there’s air above your head, or that all the people you see every day on the street have their unique stories to tell, is a powerful reminder of options in life.
And options are good. By keeping your options open – which was one of my father’s favorite pieces of advice – you stand a better chance of finding a fulfilling and happy way to live your life.
Helen Keller once said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Thinking about the undeniable space around you, and the unknown stories unfolding around you, will help you stop pounding on that closed door and take a look at all that activity.
Who knows what you might see? If you’ve been struggling in corporate America during the recession, maybe it’s time to think of other possibilities, like opening your own business or going back to school.
On the other hand, if you’ve been struggling to make everything happen on your own, maybe it’s time to look for some like-minded associates.
To a certain extent, I think we can all feel like we’re on a treadmill sometimes. If you feel like you’re running in place, try remembering what’s around you, from the air above your head to different ways of living.
You might discover ways to step off the treadmill for good.
by Danielle Dresden