Last week as I was being transported in an Uber to a meeting in the city (Melbourne) I knew I was sharing a very special seven and a half minutes. That is the time it took from home to my meeting in Swanston Street.
After the greetings, pleasantries and smiles, the driver started chatting, as Uber drivers often do. If you have used Uber you will know this to be true. Oh, by the way, this is not an advertisement for Uber. 🙂 Although if you havn’t used Uber I suggest you do!!:)
Anyhoo! I asked the driver a couple of my standard questions, how long have you been driving with Uber and are you enjoying it? Then “Mr Havachat” took over.
He was so thrilled to be talking about himself and ensuring me he was not ready to retire because he was so happy driving and talking to people. He lives an hour’s drive out of Melbourne and comes into the city each day because he is happy moving people around Melbourne. He is very happily married, loves spending time with his wife and loves where he lives. He loves the drive in to the city from the Macedon Ranges area and equally loves the drive home as he looks forward to spending the evening with his lovely wife. He has a few acres he works (or potters about on) at the weekend and of an evening enjoys a glass of wine and sharing wonderful food and stories with his wife. She is equally as happy to listen and also share her stories. After a lifetime together they have not run out of things to talk about. He told me he feels blessed to have this lifestyle and to share it with such a wonderful lady as well as with his passengers.
He went on to share stories from around the city of architecture, history, road rules, Uber, weather, sunshine and clouds all the time talking with such a smile he occasionally broke into laughter.
He was grateful for his life and although he was talking about himself was humble and also asked some questions of me.
It was refreshing to be in the company of such a happy person who was working all the while we were speaking. I’m not sure he would call it work!
There have been times over the past seven years as I’ve been working on building my own business that I’ve taken time out in search of real and complete happiness. I love what I do, the people I connect with, work with and support, although I know there is more. So the search continues. The search is not because of unhappiness, merely the search to make the most of life.
The biggest challenge for me was allowing myself to take time out. That sounds rather funny as I write that, as I often talk about being about to work from anywhere as long as I have a laptop, phone and Wi-Fi. That is true, however you notice the word ‘work’ is still in that sentence.
The big challenge was to take complete time out and go back to the drawing board. What did I want to do? How do I want to spend everyday of the rest of my life? If I had 6 months to live what would I do with my time? Now that is a confronting scenario.
Going back to what I love to do more of was one of the keys of happiness for me and I’m sure for others. There is the challenge. Allowing in the things you love to do more of, in and around all the business in your life.
There were many lists that included the things that make me happy and having people in my life who I am happy to be around. Then the next challenge was to continue to do more of what I love and trust all would be well in the world!
It was, and it is!!
So like Mr Uber Havachat, are you doing exactly what you love?
Are you happy in all areas of your life?
Really, really, happy?
What are your challenges?
What can stop doing? (the unhappy stuff!!)
What can you do more of that will have you smiling and laughing?
These are all great questions to ask yourself.
As long as everything you do is done with love and respect, it is good.
My last comment … take some time out to really, really consider what you want and love in life. Write a list as though there was urgency around doing more of what lights you up.
Do more of that.