Four years ago I resigned from a good position at a big company and stopped teaching at the university. Why? Because I realized that I was tired. I realized that I wasn’t enjoying the work I was doing.
I thought I loved teaching, but a three-week observation of myself and my mood showed otherwise. What was that observation?
Shortly before that, I had read an amazing book by a writer with a memorable last name, Cixentmihaii, despite its complexity.
He conducted experiments in which people noted their moods several times a day, what they were doing at that moment, who was near them, and where they were. Such experiments led to enormous insights. So I decided to “try my luck”: with my friend we agreed to send each other text messages several times a day with the code word “Pip-pip”. When such a text message came, I wrote in my Moleskine the answers to these questions: whether I was lying on the couch at the moment or teaching, eating or partying in a club, sleeping (just kidding) or chatting with friends… Observing myself like this gave me awareness, I became more aware of myself and my moods, I began to live life in the full sense of the word. I was in the moment, not “passing through” my life.
I recommended this practice to all my relatives, and it had the same effect on many of them as it had on me. Not in the sense of getting fired from my job 🙂 but in the sense of becoming aware of myself and my life. So a few years later, my colleagues came up with an iPhone app that would help a lot more people adhere to this practice. That app came out in four weeks, hit the top of the App Store, and helped, I hope, a lot more people.
So now I’m sitting here writing this post on Ommwriter and decided to celebrate my mood. I’m feeling great and active, I’m writing a post for this blog and I’m surrounded by my colleagues. I take a picture of this moment, so that the app will remind me of this moment in moments of bad mood. And showed that life is not so sad and gray, that everything in life changes – you just need to realize it. And look forward with joy and optimism. Doing the things you love, spending your life with the people you love and in the places you love.
As the Dalai Lama said, “To be happy you just have to do what makes you happy and not do what makes you unhappy”.
Awareness and moment to you, dear Friends!