I’ve heard many people say, ‘I love my job’. And, I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘I hate my job.’
Sometimes people are so unhappy in their situation they just up and quit. They can’t make the situation work. They don’t want to make it work. They feel the place where they work really sucks, and their co-workers or manager don’t appreciate them or understand them. I can relate, can you?
Love Your Job Into Another Dimension
You hate your job? Well, let’s love it into another dimension.
Sound crazy? Well, please stay with me for a bit …..
Oftentimes the job you prepared for through education, or interest, or talent, or family, might not turn out quite the way you envisioned or expected.
It might not be the ideal job for you or one that you’re suited for. Perhaps it’s not the right fit for you. Perhaps the company, organization or group that you’re working with doesn’t quite resonate with your idea of work. Or, maybe you’re not the right fit for the particular job – period.
On the other hand, or another way of looking at it, is perhaps the work you’re doing now is a stepping stone to prepare for what you ‘really want to do in the future’. Hmmmmm, we could be on to something here.
Ah ha, could it be part of one’s life journey?
My Life Has Been a School Room
I’ve found that my life has been a school room. On the one hand, I’ve taken jobs because I needed the money. On the other, I’ve worked in organization because I loved the mission and wanted to be a part of it. Wonderful opportunities just dropped in my lap, and I loved every minute. And, I’ve worked for companies and people that I felt were odious. I called it the upside down job.
Were these jobs a part of the journey? I didn’t think so at the time. But, thank goodness for retrospect, because it’s only in the looking back and allowing myself to see what I’ve learned about myself. I realize that my life is my ‘work’ and that work is my mission. And, I’m filled with gratitude for every person I’ve ever met in every job that I’ve had, in every neighborhood I’ve lived in. Oh yes, and let me not forget my spectacular family and what I’ve learned about life, love and the pursuit of happiness from them.
Merging the Sacred and the Secular
There’s a concept called merging the sacred and the secular. We might call the work that we do – activity in a secular world, a.k.a – 3D. We might not consider the work that we do meaningful or worthwhile. And, we might consider the people that we work for or the organization itself not very nice – perhaps lacking in or not matching our values or ideals.
On the other hand, we might look at the work that we do as sacred, and refocus to merge and see the secular become the sacred and the sacred become the secular. Merging the sacred and the secular is a life-long process.
The merging is a choice and it requires that we do that inner work – identifying what makes us tick, addressing the core issues – peeling the onion and unveiling ourselves through the mirror of humanity.
Our Perspective Begins to Change and Expand
I’m reminded of the spiritual concept called Karma Yoga – from the Bhagavad Gita. It’s a process of selfless service to humanity – of seeing every type of work as ‘work worth doing’ – an opportunity to serve humanity. And, because everyone ‘is’ humanity, the work serves our self.
When we let go of anger, resentment or victimization, our perspective begins to change. Little by little, we can begin to see situations, people, places and experiences differently. Problems become opportunities. We can begin to focus on the issue at hand, instead of focusing on an individual. And, we see the value in the diversity of people as contributing to the whole.
We see, with new eyes, that the work is worthy – because ‘we’ are doing it. We begin to carry, and thus, manifest a different energy, and density, and energetic frequency. And, thus – an expanded vibration that is other-dimensional.
The Journey to Lightness
Perhaps you can relate to the following story. A couple of years ago, I received a call from a dear friend. She’d just lost her job – on the spot and without warning. She was a teacher in a private school, and at the end of the term, she was told that her contract was not going to be renewed.
During most of the conversation, she was crying hysterically. She was angry, she was resentful, she felt betrayed. She vented about what she had to put up with during her time at the school. She vented about what she’d sacrificed by taking a lower salary than she could have earned in another system. She ranted and she raved.
And then, she started to laugh. She laughed at herself and her attitude, and said, ‘Wow, that was amazing. Thank you for listening’.
I started laughing as well. I could feel her release and the lightness that was present. And then, I offered a comment. I said, “Give yourself time to grieve, and try to look at what you’ve learned about yourself from the experience. Then, look for the next door to open.”
And, Viola! A short time later the next door opened. And, her journey continues.
Everything we do, and say, and think, and see, can be a prayer, a sacred act of Love for All. And thus, the sacred and the secular change from ‘this way or that way’ to merge, without limits or borders.
To quote the Buddha, “Pray for the world as if it’s not broken or needs fixing in any way”. How about, Pray for your job as if it’s not broken or needs fixing in any way – because the Sacred and the Secular are One and the same.
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