“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
I have worked in jobs, and I have lived a profession. There is a marked difference one leading to a living and the other leading to a life. I prefer the life, but have been lost in the living. A delicate balance between the two oftentimes futile to keep separate.
Which is why the profession has meant more to me and been my driving force. When I started my career in education it was with a strong desire to make a difference. I wanted to teach children. To see the magic, knowledge can give a child. To let them experience the deep, soulful joy of learning about our world, our lives. Knowledge is addictive and you can see it on the faces of children when they tap into the magic.
So I worked hard learning how to be the best teacher I could be. How to bring that magic to each child. And for me each day, was not work. It was sheer bliss catching those moments of joy on their faces. And even on days where things seemed to go wrong, their faces, their bliss kept me focused on what was important in my work. Opening up new worlds to all children.
I was lucky that I found the love of my work, and continued it even in the early years of changing from a teacher in a classroom full of children to an administrator working with teachers. I found now I was helping teachers be the best they could be for their children. Helping them tap into the magic. And I was sustained.
“Think of your work life therefore, not as separate from your spiritual life but as central to your spiritual life. Whatever your business, it is your ministry.” – Marianne Williamson
This quote speaks volumes to me as I lost the magic later in my administrative career. I was pulled from the magic, and beaten down by the naysayers who don’t believe in the magic, the love of our work, our profession. And while I still tried to maintain the magic for myself and others, it wore on me. Suddenly I did not love what I did, and I knew it was time to let go and move on. I could no longer connect to my spirit, my soul. It was now a living, not a life anymore.
And while it was difficult to move beyond the world of education I had built my life around, I have found it again here on these pages; in these words. I am connected in my blog writing, in my poetry; to my soulful work again. To that life that now teaches through my words. Many people tell me how my words touch them. Help them, speak to them in a time of need.
And I am taken back to when I first began to teach. When the magic was awe-inspiring and knew no bounds. It has come back full circle to me. It bubbles up and puts thoughts together that I am compelled to write in hopes that these thoughts and lessons will speak to people. Will touch them. Will teach them a new way and different way. A way of peace, a way of happiness and kindness. So they in turn can model and teach others. To continue the great work of spreading the magic.
Note: The Sage here represents Long Life, Esteem, and Health in the Language of Flowers.
I leave you with another thought about living a long, full life. Feel free to download the photo and share.
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