Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hypocritical advice


This piece is the motivation for my continued work on previously mentioned upcoming post on free will. This piece is also the motivation behind my upcoming post on Acts of the Apostles.


Unemployment isn't all that bad when you have a wife that makes more money than you ever could. It's a simple concept requiring very little to make the marriage run smooth. Instead of working eight or ten or twelve hours a day as I am accustomed, I take care of the apartment, cleaning, shopping, laundry, and the other chores that typically took up J's time as well as my own.


The trouble with this is that you do not realize just how fragile your mind is after making this smooth transition. High expectations and the flush of networking with colleagues promises a future job in only a month. Confusion? Your mind snaps when you nobody receives the promised job. Nobody met their needs and you rather wish someone had been better than you so that all of you were not sub-par.


You have no long term career goals. No plan for fulfillment. Nothing. A few more leads come to naught and then tears match their success to the height of previous stumbling blocks.


Today I see that for so long I told others that to define yourself and to obtain fulfillment through what you did at work was a dangerous proposition. All too often self-worth equaled production or time on the clock. Promotion at work meant promotion of personality and character. Not always the case, unfortunately.


I did not practice what I preached. A potential job opens up, for I will apply, that is part time and in a retail field very much in line with a hobby I am quite passionate about outside of work as well. The trouble is that I make no grand difference for mankind.


Teaching. Development. Alumni Relations. These things improve the lives of others in a noble way. Working to operate your own outlet of a particular product you enjoy does not do the same.


But here is what I took from my own wisdom: I am called to give Christ to others. I am called to live Christ's life as best I can with all the gifts he gave me at birth and throughout my life. That is the most I can be asked to do, and that is already impossible without Christ's help. Why I feel this need to do more is so very foolish because, in any work environment and in any kind of job, I can bring Christ to my co-workers and those I interact with every day. That is my requirement.


Epilogue: the aforementioned post from Acts of the Apostles.


Tag: jobs, job-hunting, bible