A friend of mine remarked recently that she would have been sceptical about the ‘transformative power’ of yoga if I wasn’t a living example. She used to see me as super-stressed in the office, always bringing work home, unable to let it go at the end of the day, and offering self-recrimination that I wasn’t always better at what I did. I couldn’t see a different way of behaving back then. But she says I am different now — calmer and clearer, keeping my professional life in perspective.
But today was the day that threatened to bust that! Honestly it was one of those horror-ful days when everything that can go wrong does, with far-reaching implications. All of this threatened the cohesion of the team, their trust in me, their belief in what we’re all trying to achieve. And the budget, don’t mention the budget!
But even through what felt like a maelstrom in the office, I tried to remain a good yogini. I took care to commend the work of others, even when (especially when?) it hadn’t quite achieved what we needed through no fault of theirs, I took a deliberate and deep breath before the project meeting and set my intention to keep focused on the shared aims of the team, I ensured I was available with the necessary open door to my office although I felt like screaming or quivering in a corner. All day I made phone calls and desk visits rather than sending emails as much as I could, although it took more time and energy for me.
I worked later than I wanted to and I found the day pretty stressful all in, but I managed to be more conscious of how I was behaving and I tried hard to stay open to the needs of everyone. This was my yoga practice today — promoting togetherness and ‘union’ of the team.
My boss has called me into the office tomorrow for a ‘council of war’. He’s being helpful, not demanding, so this isn’t as threatening as it sounds, but it’s still not a great situation. So no cosy work-at-home-Friday this week.
I hope you had a good day today. Here’s to smiling in the face of adversity!