Ask yourself some of these questions while you are sitting quietly during a period of meditation and prayer… Does your “job” allow you to feel challenged? Does your job make you want to whistle and smile? Does your job enrich you (not moneywise)? Does your job allow you to heal and help others? Does your job make you laugh? Does your job feel like “not working”? Does your job let you “grow” personally? Does your job elevate your “self esteem”? Does your job allow you discover and be enthusiastic about new things? If you love being outdoors, does your job allow you to be outdoors? Is your job satisfying on a personal level? Does your job leave you with energy to do other things you value in life like spending time with family? Does your job take advantage of your creativity? Does your job use your skills and talent? Does your job allow you to feel free? Does your job allow you to meet new people?
If you answered no to too many of these items, then it is time to search for a new way of supporting yourself…
To be motivated is one thing that is important in your transition to build a new life. But also importantly, are you inspired. To be motivated is often just because if you DON’T, then you will be yelled at during your work or fail the next “performance evaluation”. Inspiration is a different thing altogether. The Google dictionary defines it as
- The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration”.
- The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: “a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”.
Even though we may not feel inspiration constantly, we know it when we are feeling it. All time seems to disappear, and you are “one” with your activity. We are whistling and humming a tune while we work, we treat those around us with more love and kindness. When we are feeling inspired, we are more kind, loving, creative, and true to ourselves. As you feel inspired, you feel full of joy and bliss. You don’t know how to complain or to be depressed even for a moment. Your inspiration makes you “act” by its own volition.
Never make your goal have to be measured by money alone. That is a trap set by Society to make you a quiet, empty, obedient, uninspired soul prone to depression, sadness, and even physical illness. The “unlearning” of your childhood dreams beings right as you start school and even as you finish college. The Society clamors, “Do things for Society, make money for Society, forget yourself, forget your own drummer, forget your need to grow. Just make money and climb the company ladder. As the late singer of Boston (the music group) sang, “Now you are climbing up the company ladder, hope it doesn’t take too long…don’t you know there will be a day when it won’t matter. There will come a day when you’ll be gone…” Know that you have a limited time here on Earth. Don’t waste even a precious second of it doing work that you hate.
If you love the work that you do, it has within it all the praise you will ever need. Don’t let your inner “snob” turn you away from work that you will enjoy doing. The only time you will “enjoy” your “job” then will be a cocktail party for about five minutes. Many psychologists discovered that people’s ego, their inner snobbery, robs them daily of their soul and joy. If they reach whatever position in a prestigious company, or if they become a “doctor” or “lawyer”, or similar job they can “brag” about, that shapes their working life…no matter what happens they are obsessed with maintaining their “status” in the light of others, when the most important person to impress is oneself.