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September 29, 2009

A Little Attitude Adjustment Needed

Filed under: LIfe Balance,vision — Anne Cloward @ 6:16 am

When the job search gets long and you get discouraged, perhaps it’s time to do a little adjusting to your attitude.

I came across this poem recently, by the Sufi poet, Rumi.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

What has this to do with your job search? As a friend of mine who has been laid off recently, said: “I realize what a gift I have been given,”

He went on to explain that he had been wondering for the last month or so if it was time for him to leave his present position and chase after a few of his dreams. He  prayed about it leaving the answer up to God. When he was laid off, he felt it was an answer to his prayer.

Not all of us can see it this way, but there are some wonderful advantages to being your own master of your fate at this time. Some excellent uses of your time might be:

  • Spending quality time with loved ones. My mother has been gone for 20 years now. We were close and I treasured the times we spent together. My grandchildren continue to delight me, now that I have time to listen.
  • Spending time to get to those things that we never seem to have time for, those you are always saying you will get “a round tuit” when you have nothing else on your plate.
  • Spending time on that exercise and diet regime that you need to.
  • Developing interests that have been calling passionately to you.

This does not mean I am advocating abandoning your job search. You are not your job. You are a person of value and you need to remember that.

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Until tomorrow, Namaste.


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