I am not my job.

23 Feb

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.” – Deepak Chopra

When you ask someone “Who are You?” they will often reply, “I’m a _______” and then fill in the blank with their job or position or career. Whereas that might be what they do, it is not who they are.

It is a common misnomer that we are what we do. No. Some are fortunate enough (or have created the reality of being able) to do what they love. Still, what we do and who we are is NOT synonymous.

Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha has shared often times that in our life’s journey here we are not humans learning to be spiritual, but Spirit learning the Human experience.

We come from Spirit and return to the Mystery.

We are Energy.

Whatever activities we engage in to generate the medium of exchange required to provide ourselves and our families with shelter, food, clothing and other “necessities” come under the category of exchanging time for money. It’s a means to and ends – not a definition.

The job I am currently working at in the fast-food industry is physically demanding. Sometimes it can be emotionally challenging, especially when customers are less than respectful, or out-and-out abusive. There’s a “tiredness” that can be easy to succumb to if I’m not on my guard and taking measures to counteract that energy with positive input, i.e.  affirmations, audio books. I find humming on the job helps – music helps keep me “in the flow” if you will, in a positive frame of mind, and helps me to keep centered when challenged from an outside source. (Al-Anon slogans are a great help, too!)

I think it can be easy to become so identified with what we do in our “jobs” as to become consumed. It becomes a major focus – so that once we’re “off the clock” the temptation is to “veg out” in front of a TV or sleep – to escape.

Having a planned schedule is another factor in helping us to avoid succumbing to the temptation to withdraw. Making plans with others help us to keep the appointment. Getting a workout partner for that trip to the gym, or for that morning or afternoon walk helps stay committed to showing up rather than crapping out.

When working in a business environment with Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, we had a daily schedule that included time during the day for physical activity. If someone felt tired, we were encouraged to take a few laps around the building – and you know what – It worked! It was actually rejuvenating.

Many corporate site now include gyms, or “challenge courses” that can be run on a lunch break. I remember being in a hospital once where a long corridor connecting various parts of the complex was set up as a “track” that staff members walked on their lunch break, as part of an employee fitness program

So the more we can break out of the identification with our worth being tied to what we do to earn a living, the more we can break free of being consumed by it. We can free energy for working out, volunteering in the community, taking time with family, educating ourselves and even meditation and journaling.

Paradox for the day: If you’re tired and think you don’t have enough energy – run around the block (or your desk) – or do some quick calisthenics, and then get back in the game – the game of Life.

If you have a job that saps your energy find things that can help neutralize that for you, ways to energize yourself while in the workplace and then develop your “life” outside the workplace. Chances are you’ll feel a better sense of “who” you are, apart from “what you do.” –Deborah Adler

“BE, OBSERVE, DECIDE who and what your role is in this grand Drama. Life is an Adventure, live fully and make impact.” – Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor*

*Words of Wisdom © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.

©2011 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved. (NOTE: All quotes remain the sole property of the original authors.)

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