July 17     

Today's quotation:

Whatever your occupation while in your physical body, remember it is a form of service.  However humble or even humdrum your work may be to you, it is your special appointment, and through your work on earth you can make your contribution to the happiness of all.

White Eagle

Today's Meditation:

I think that too many people don't really think about the work that they're going to do in this world as a service to their fellow human beings, or to the other animals and plants that live here.  Rather, they take the first job that they happen to get and they stick with it because they're afraid of losing the income, of losing seniority, of losing benefits such as insurance, of having to start over with something new.  And their work becomes drudgery, something that they do to pay the bills, but not something that they enjoy because they know that they're making a positive mark on the lives of others.

I've been lucky to become a teacher, but that blessing is, of course, mixed.  While the job is extremely fulfilling most of the time, it's also filled with frustrations that people don't face in other jobs.  Students often dislike us for no reason, the pay is generally quite poor, we get blamed for all sorts of things that aren't our fault, etc., etc.  But the fact is that mine is a job of service, and I'm able to help people to learn and to grow and to develop confidence and self-esteem.  And when I look at that work through that lens, the job most certainly is a "special appointment."

When a tooth broke recently, I was extremely glad that there were dentists who were willing to serve me and fulfill the need of putting in a crown.  I was glad that people worked in insurance so that all that stuff could be taken care of.  When I go to the grocery store, I'm very appreciative of the people who stock the goods-- have you ever been in a poorly stocked store?  When I'm online, the work of many, many people who established and maintain the connections I need turns out to be a great service to me.

How we look at the work we do can determine to a great deal the amount of effort and energy we put into it.  When we realize that we are serving other people and that what we do is very important to them-- even if only for a few moments at a time-- we can approach our work with a positive attitude and give to it all that we can in order to do it well.  The effort we put forth to get good at what we do, and to maintain that high level of quality, is definitely worth what it costs us.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people see their jobs as just a way to get a paycheck?

How good are you at the work that you do?  Could you get better?  How?

In what ways do you serve other people when you're doing your work?

For further thought:

To bring one’s self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has.  When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy.

Thomas A. Buckner

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