If anyone knows about this subject is me. This was my first obstacle on my road to Torah. It was my first week into this lifestyle change, and I quit eating pork, shellfish, etc. On Monday morning I was fired from my new job of just 2 weeks. Most people would hear this, and say “poor me” or that is unfortunate. But the truth, it was nothing less than what I deserved.
See, I quit my previous job (quite spitefully) because I “felt” that the opportunities where not there. After following the path of my co-workers, I began to feel that the company was not looking out for my best interest. So in return, I hopped on the first bandwagon I could jump on, without weighing the pros and cons. Since we do spend half of our lives at work, we have been trained to seek the the “perfect” career to achieve our ultimate happiness. Guess what, there is no such thing. Remember, the things of the world(including jobs) can only provide temporary happiness. If this is what we are seeking out of a profession, we will always eventually end up disappointed.
2 Things To Think About:
Can my “Hobby/Passion” be a Career?
Truth is, it can, but is it worth it? Who told us to turn our hobby into a career? Honestly, that is a set up. Usually, we enjoy our hobbies because we have the independent freedom. It usually allow us to break away from mundane reality , and focus on something that is important to us. Now if the hobby becomes the mundane reality, where is the outlet? Do we just find something else as a hobby? Do you see the constant cycle? If we keep our work life separate from our personal life, we will find a better appreciation out of life. The fun is taken out of the passion when we are judged for how well it is. ( unless you enjoy being a over-worked narcissist). We will find ourselves trying to please others, society, and ourselves, just like any other old job. By the end of the career, you may end up with a sour taste in your mouth for whatever once inspired you.
Will any job ever make you happy?
Long story short, No. But….a more content mindset about life in general can allow to appreciate your job for what it is. In our study of the Bible, we should realize that our “feelings” really don’t matter. See, we allow our pride to kick in, and think we are “more than what we are worth”. The Bible teaches us to be a diligent and respectable worker, no matter what we are doing. We tend to look past this concept, and drive ourselves crazy trying to find something better out there. In many cases, there is not anything better out there. Some people may hear this and say that is a dismal hope to go on, but it is not. When I quit my job, and was fired two week later, it took a 4 months to find a “steady” job. I actually had to work at a shoe factory and accept whatever hours was given to me. I quickly realized, that it was not that bad at all at my last job. I’m sure many people find themselves in that situation( even in other unrelated situations), where you wish you could get back to the last step. Let’s quit wishing for re-try’s and change our mindset.
I really could go on and on about this subject, but to sums things up, we should try to humble ourselves, ask ourselves why are we unhappy about the job( It’s usually a selfish reason, believe me), and focus on a better life rather than a better job. We should follow the requirements of the Bible, and do our jobs to best of our ability. I like to think that I am working for Yah, and not man. By doing this, you will actually open up more doors at work than you ever expected. From two years ago until now, I actually have the best job I have ever had in my life(at least, I make the most money, and managers don’t ride my back), but I don’t focus on that. One you start to focus on the job itself, you begin to set up barriers and disappointments. By keeping yourself humble, and focusing on life as a whole, you will see it is not really that big of deal.