NOW That I Have Your Attention…

My Section of the Office

Picture credit: Kids Draw the News

I’ve been listening to a lot of Eckhart Tolle lately. Each morning, it helps me prepare for the intensity and psycho-dramas of my day job. Tolle talks about staying “present” and being in “The Now” as a means of reducing extraneous mental activity and, thus, the amount of emotional pain you experience in daily life.

Often, no matter how “present” I am, I still feel miserable at the office. The saving grace — maybe “grace” isn’t the right word — is my workload. There’s so much to do. In order for me to cut a swath through the mountain of files on my desk, I need to remain acutely focused.

The “grace” part is that my heightened focus erects an invisible wall between me and the insanity — a cacophony of swearing, whining, gossip-y whispers, out and out fighting, and dramatic histrionics that characterize most days  — inside my cubicular prison.

It’s an insanity of the magnitude of the Jackass transformation in Disney’s Pinocchio. I won’t be lured down the evil path my coworkers have chosen. I won’t turn into a Jackass.

If we’re being honest here, there are several people at work I could just strangle.

Hee Haw! Hee Haw!

Yet, I continue to dream the impossible dream:

Which is to say, being in “The Now” and being completely and wholeheartedly myself — at work.


Dreaming, though, is counterproductive to being in The Now. Dreaming is imagining The Future.

Not that that’s a bad thing…especially when you need The Paycheck.

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