Amid the many roles you play, thank you for listening to this podcast. I am honoured that you would take some of your very precious, non-renewable resource which is your time, to walk with me through this podcast.
Ideally, rather than you listening to me and me doing all the talking, I wish we were together in person, chatting over a mug of strong, black coffee or a cup of earl grey tea out in a garden bench under the shade of a big acacia tree overlooking a tranquil lake.
I’d ask you how you’ve been doing lately. Are you fulfilled in your life?
Why are you working?
Do you find your work satisfying?
Do you look forward to Monday mornings & the start of each new work week?
What has been on your heart as you think about how and where you spend your days?
Do you feel a sense of expectancy and joy about the future?
What are your greatest challenges?
Tell me about your family or your latest travels or your most recent project.
If you could do anything in the world without the fear of failing or the fear of what others would think, what would you do?
I think we’d find that we have much in common. As women, we hope for many of the same things regardless of age and civil status. We worry over similar trials and long for more time, meaning and joy.
We’d probably laugh together as we share common experiences and get teary-eyed as we talk about the time we wondered how we’d ever make it through. Perhaps, someday our paths will cross. I will then have the pleasure of meeting you in person. Or perhaps we’ve already met, but just didn’t have the time to really sit together & get to know each other. In the meantime, we carry on our conversation in the airwaves of this podcast. I will ask you much about yourself and in return will offer you insights into my personal journey of working better, every day.
It has by no means been a storybook journey. There have been seasons filled with unanswered questions, anger at closed doors and delays, times of deep joy and happy surprises, and there have been days, no make that years, when I didn’t feel like I was going anywhere.
The tension in my own life compelled me to pause, pay attention and ponder with resolve to find a place of satisfaction and meaning. I laughed, cried, prayed and spent hours talking to God and with other wise women en route to discovering practical insights, deep wisdom, renewal of the mind and a few effective tools and strategies that have proven to reap tangible rewards and sustainable results.
Here on the episodes of this podcast are some of my stories and a few of the tools I have acquired along the way. It’s certainly not a prescriptive list, but perhaps it is enough to give you some key insights that will inspire a sense of meaning and motivation in your own career journey, regardless of where you are now.
My story turned out to be much, much different than I planned or expected. Yet, after working for 25 years in both the corporate and vocational world, I recognize patterns of thinking and working that enabled me to find abiding joy and satisfaction along the way even if things aren’t what they’re supposed to be. These are lessons most often learned the hard way. I have by no means done it perfectly, but I have adjusted along the way and stayed the course.
My hope is that this podcast, Rescuing Mondays, will be one of your resources, helping you craft a new vision of what your life at work can be, providing ideas and practical tools for beginning today on a journey to the most satisfying and rewarding life possible, on and off the job.
I invite you to take in each lesson or friendly advice, reflecting on how you can apply them in your own career and life. You and I are similar, we hope for all the joy, meaning and satisfaction that are available to us if we know where to look for them and how to look at them.
By listening to Rescuing Mondays each week, you will discover practical ways to maximize every working hour by finding purpose, discovering your gifts, developing your leadership and managing skills, and viewing your life with a new sense of hope and possibility.