Take an inventory of all your passions, your art, your creative skills. You have them. Everyone is gifted them by the grace of God and the Universe. The evidence shows itself: the work where money and profit are not the focus, where you can harness your true creativity, where you can show your inner passion are the “jobs” (not “jobs” but rather I define as “work”) where you achieve lasting equanimity and peace and joy and happiness. Consider this article:
Forbes magazine reports that “work”…such as being in the clergy, artists, writers, sculptors, special ed teachers are among the highest on the list in terms of satisfaction. The top spots have very low pay, but what good is high pay if you are miserable every day?
Work where you can channel your passions, creative energies, and feel autonomy are among the highest in the list of “job” satisfaction. (Again, here I would change the term of “jobs” to “work”.) When I say “job”, I mean those occupations linked to status, money, and power. I term “work” as that which you do for the sheer thrill and joy that emanates from your spirit, your very core.
If you are a clergyman, you are focused on the spiritual life, a life focused not on material things, but on the soul. You felt a “calling” by the Divine to this line of work, even as the pay is nearly non-existent. Even though the pay is paltry, work involving helping others like firefighters and special Ed teachers rank high on the list.
If you are a writer, artist, or sculptor, chances are you will not make a whole lot of money, but a human being is a spirit with a physical shell, not a robot putting on wheels at General Motors. If you love to create, if you love to use your imagination, what better life is there than that of a writer, artist, or sculptor, which are all high on the “work” satisfaction list?
If you told your parents you wish to be an artist, writer, or sculptor, they would be worried about your ability to make a lot of money. But as we examined countless times in this book, the pursuit of money and power bring only a hollow shell of discontentment…every time. Where parents got filled with this notion is still a great mystery to me.
Pursing “work” (not a “job”) filled with enthusiasm and a restless bliss can be achieved far more easily than you could imagine. And we discussed the first bouncing off points to get you there.
Most important, we have learned that you must shed all illusions that money, status, and power will somehow equate to equanimity and peace and happiness. Next, you need to shed yourself of most of your “material trophies”. Putting stock in such things not only makes you unhappy, but the financial demands of trying to keep up your possessions will stifle your pursuits to escape the dreaded 9 to 5 “job” with a large corporation.
If you take the advice that backed by statistics and logic that you DON’T need a “job” with money and status and power, then so many opportunities await you. If your material needs are very low, and your “overhead” (fixed costs) are minimal (like living in a small home, driving a simple inexpensive car, eating home cooked meals), and you have found other ways to trim your living costs down to the bone, then there will be no barriers to entry in finding your true calling, your true self… and with it, the equanimity, peace, happiness, and bliss.
Who knows, maybe your writing, artwork, and sculpting will bring in an untold fortune. But you will not go into the “work” with money in your mind (chasing a fading wind). You will go into it with your heart and soul, and every day will be a blessing you can’t wait to begin.