Career Choices – Egg’s Perfection
A resume and it tells a story. School, jobs, hobbies and it’s a snapshot of who we are. What makes the best impression of who you are? At the end of the day, our career all comes down to the choices we have made.
If you could travel back in time and change a choice in life, would you?
Samuel Adam said, “The use of travel is to regulate imagination by using reality. And instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
In life, we can’t go back and fix our mistakes, we can’t go back and win the lottery, or to bet on the Stanley Cup, or save our brother’s life. This life is about you. It’s your regrets and it’s you.
Have you ever regretted a decision? We look back and think we should have done it differently? Antigone Morris said, “We are the sum of our decisions and as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters.”
It is crucial that you be consistent and true to who you are, or the process will fail. When I was in graduate school, my father said I was “nuts” to go into counseling as a profession. He said, “You’ll never make any money at that.” Yes, I have not made a lot of money. I have made enough money to sustain me. However, I don’t have a 401K, a pension, nor do I have health benefits. While making a decent living, I have sustained my soul and spirt in my career choice.
As Joseph Campbell says, “Follow your bliss”. In the last line of the book, Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis, it reads, “I’ve never done a thing I wanted to do in all my life.” This is a man who never followed his bliss. I followed my bliss and found my rapture.
The bliss also includes having a moral compass. Over time those who humiliate others, are mean, and downright destructive to others, will no longer be able to recognize themselves.
Thomas Moore, “Those who plot the destruction of others, often perish in the attempt.” Is it your job or your mission to mete out justice? We need to stay true to who we are morally by the choices we make.
The Perfection of the Egg
By making bad choices, we begin to chip away at who we are meant to become. For example, let’s take the egg. The egg, perfection both in function and in form. It has a double arch, top and bottom. It’s what makes the egg so incredibly strong. The minute we begin to chip away at the shell of an egg, at its integrity, the egg collapses in on itself; until the end, we are only left with breakfast. It’s still an egg, but it’s not the same.
Our lives are like a house of cards. Some of the cards are cosmetic. While others are load bearing walls. You remove one of those load bearing cards and the whole things comes crashing down. Like the egg, chip away at what makes you, you, and you become something else.
Our gut; our instincts of a career
Your gut tells you to avoid a career. You are right to listen to that. There are many ways to achieve our goals, but ignoring your inner voice is not one of them.
Is your job the right job for you? Do you know that it is wrong for you? Is there something else out there that you are supposed to do? Shall you take the time right now to find it?
Everyone’s got their own path. Some are only just beginning. While others who die, their path ends all too soon. However you do it, the fact is, the path you’re on, the choices you make, define who you are.
Choices, they’re the building blocks of our lives. They shape our past, present, and future. And despite all the mistakes I have made, every new day brings with it, new choices. and a whole new world of possibilities. WOW!