Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
I read. I started reading at the age of five, by seven I was reading young adult books. Reading is my passion. While very young, I read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and his words and wisdom have struck with me throughout the decades. What he offered on work has been echoed by many, both in my family and by other “gurus” in the self help world.
What I learned about “work” was the wrong kind of work will make you sick. Working in a toxic environment breaks you down emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Many people think I am totally nuts because today, I am not working.
Another hidden cost of working a job you hate is you teach your children that work is hard, that work is miserable, that to have a job, you must be unhappy. Imagine the effect this has on a young person who sees you day in, day out bitching and moaning about your job. You have taught them to expect to be unhappy, that being happy is for crazy folks (like me). This is not the lesson any child should learn. It is difficult to undo. Trust me, I am still working on the damage I caused my own children, even though they are now grown.
I do WORK. I write, I offer words of inspiration. I share wisdom that has been hard earned as all wisdom is. I WORK. I volunteer for causes and organizations that I can assist in my small way.
What I don’t and won’t do is settle for a job that in the end will make me sick. My last job I had to LIE for a living. I worked at a “debt reduction” company. They changed the rules every week, trying to stay one step ahead of our State’s Attorney’s Office. Ended up leaving in two years, too sick to speak. Great benefit, excellent pay, but the cost was extremely high.
So for those of you who think because someone does not have a job they are not “working” you may want to look a little closer. You will be surprised at what you see when you look without judgment.
Thanks for reading!
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual gladiator seeking to share awareness with many. She is a published author who writes a relationship column for Black Refer.com.The different niches for each site allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.
Her self published book, My Life As A Mermaid was selected for inclusion in the Baltimore County Public Library's Local Author collection!