“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde
The one thing I notice about many work places is just how bland they are. The work environment seems to be devoid of any of the things that make us human, and which can inspire our senses, minds and hearts. The sad outcome is that our work days can become as dull as the walls we stare at. It is a bit ironic that in creating a “professional” work environment, humanity and inspiration is lost.
However, as creatures of habit, we are also very good at getting ourselves into “ruts” that make our days boring and monotonous. There is a wonderful Arab proverb that says “Habit is the 6th sense that
overrules the other 5.” We eat the same food, we drink the same coffee, we smell the same smells, we hear the same sounds, and we touch the same sterile plastic pens. In this way, our own habits limit adventure and can make our days literally mind-numbing.
Just as Oscar Wilde says, I believe a great way to increase our inspiration and happiness is to stimulate our senses, to expose them to all the diverse and wonderful experiences the world has to offer. For example, bringing uplifting sights and sounds into your work space can bring a spark to your day, improve your mood and allow you to reconnect with what it means to be human.
The purpose of this series of posts is to provide you with some ideas of how you can bring a bit of brightness and life into your workplace. They are just some examples of how we can break habits and in doing so, reignite our senses and passions.
Let’s start with Taste!
Food is such an wonderful gift, not only for the nourishment it provides our bodies, but also for the comfort and inspiration it can provide to our souls. While we can’t live our days in the MasterChef kitchen, there are some little things we can do to ignite our tastebuds. If variety is the spice of life, then here are some ideas to add a little zest to your day!
- Add a new flavour to your coffee or try a new tea – and then take some time to enjoy the aroma and the warmth.
- Savour some fresh fruit – the sweet smell and taste can really lift you up and freshen up the whole room.
- Add a bit of spice to your lunch – literally. How about a curry or chilli for lunch, or some wasabi with your sushi?
- Enjoy a little indulgence – how about treating yourself to a good quality dark chocolate. Relish the smell, the texture and the taste.
- Brighten up your water – add some quality fruit cordial or lemon and lime slices. It will wake up your tastebuds and mind every time you take a sip.
I would love to hear any other ideas you have!