Greetings From Heaven (And This From A Pagan…!)

A tree near my work – proof that it’s spring, and a perfect 
expression of my life right now!

I spent a lot of the last two days looking at pictures of the most gruesome wounds in various stages of infection and necrosis. And I’m having the time of my life.

I guess it helps that I have always had a huge interest in medicine and healing in all its forms, so I’m soaking up the information like a sponge and can’t believe I’m actually getting paid to learn these things for my new job. The other reason why this is so very enjoyable is that peculiar feeling of having stepped into a dream. The company I’ve joined really is the best thing that’s ever happened to me employment wise. For the first time in a regular daytime job, I don’t count the hours until I can go home, don’t dread Mondays, and don’t have to drag myself out of bed to go to work.

It doesn’t even take that much – just a company that expects a lot (nothing is more disheartening than being underestimated and under-challenged) but sees their people as human beings instead of just numbers. No-nonsense, down-to-earth people who LISTEN to your ideas and don’t just say they are committed to developing your career but set you a clear path from day one. I’m still Inside Sales, but our boss told the entire team (all five people plus team lead) on the very first day that I’m going to move into a training/coaching role after a while.

Another factor is the work – it makes so much sense to me to sell products that promote wound healing. It shortens suffering and helps people so much. Watching some of the videos the trainer showed us, I couldn’t help but notice that the nastiest of wounds (apart from those caused by accidents) often occur in conjunction with first-world problems like obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. Well, the body can and will repair itself if it is fed the right, whole foods, but I also know that it takes more than intellectual knowledge to be able to make changes. With my eating disorder history, I know how virtually impossible it can be to make simple healthy choices, so I’m glad there is medicine to help those people. The last thing I’m going to do is point fingers.

Incidentally, remember how I said I had put on a lot of weight in the last four years but didn’t mind? Well, that’s still true. I see myself as curvy rather than fat and horrible. And with all that self-love and acceptance, I suddenly find that I am no longer in need of the comfort (junk) food and big portions that were often my only comfort after long hard days in the office. I actually live mostly vegan right now and I’m stunned at how fast the pounds drop off me. Coincidence? I think not.

But by far the best thing about my new job are the people. Such beautiful, lovely human beings, all of them. I don’t think I ever mentioned my big dream of being a Coach and having a bird sanctuary in my own house in the countryside in a first-day introduction before. Turns out my colleagues believe in the law of attraction, meditate, have multiple interests, and are just the most open-minded and tolerant people you could hope to meet.

Which helps if you’re the first five (plus team manager plus manager, and currently also a lovely trainer from the States) starting up a new branch, and hoping to grow into a large team over the next years. Gods, every bit about this is exciting, I just can’t find anything that isn’t perfect! Oh I know, over time there’ll be things that aren’t ideal. There’s no such thing as ideal, every person/job/situation has drawbacks too. But it’s a huge step forward, and I feel as light (ha!) as I haven’t in years. It’s the feeling of doing work – all day long! – that’s aligned with my purpose.

And now excuse me while I type up today’s notes. Afterwards, I’ll read a little in my new medical dictionary. Yes, it’s eight in the evening. So??

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Spring, Musicians, And The Simple Life

It’s my favourite time of the year, the days are getting longer and longer, and even when the weather is horrible the temperatures stay relatively mild. I hear that some places have 20 degrees and sunshine these days – in Ireland it goes up to around 15, which means it’s almost time to change to my summer jacket. Jubilation!

I’m finishing up in my old job and feeling lighter of spirit than I have in a long time – not in spite of work for once, but because of it, because of the new job I’ve got to look forward to. I’m taking it easy these days and that gives me the opportunity to look around and notice things. I like noticing. 

One thing I notice is that I have almost nothing to talk about with people who routinely abuse politicians, bankers, the badness of the world and everything that moves. I just don’t indulge in these subjects any longer, I’m too busy feeding and nourishing that which already works well in this world and the people who initiate positive change. Absence of judgment makes for such a peaceful life, but it takes a little getting used to in conversation.

I’m listening to a lot of music these days, and even there I notice I no longer rigidly love or hate certain music. I’ve always been first and foremost a musician, and these days I simply appreciate good musicians even when the music they make isn’t to my taste. I also appreciate a much wider range of music these days. 

Some people do a double take when they know me as a metalhead and then I enthuse about how great the Bee Gees were. Well, they were – excellently written songs and that vocal harmony, at a time long before studio technology made it possible to adjust every voice so they sound perfect together. In fact, they recorded most of their best-known songs with all three of them singing into the same microphone – now that requires musicianship! They had oodles of it, and I love some of the songs they made. 

I love Brahms and Kate Bush and Yes and Metallica. They all have excellent musicianship in common. 

I’m sure one day I’ll have more exciting things to write about again, but for now, I enjoy floating. I enjoy taking a walk after work without wearing a scarf, and hearing the waves crashing around the foot of Bray Head. I enjoy talking to my friends. I enjoy sitting at home with my budgies and reading or re-watching the X-Files for the umpteenth time. I enjoy a cup of tea, and my new beautiful glass teapot. 

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