Who and What Do You Work For?
This is an excerpt of an article published in EvolvingBeings.com
image credit: scene of the movie “Office Space”
How little or how much are you willing to participate in a system that is in one way or another hurting every human being on this planet.
Who Are You Working For?
The answer to this question is two-fold. Directly, who are you working for, as in what company; and indirectly, as in who are you really working for at the end of the day. While we are going to focus on the latter part here, I invite you to consider for yourself both approaches to this question. As more of us awaken, we all too often realize that the company or organization we are working for is completely out of alignment with our personal values, or does not represent who we are and what we stand for. I know I faced this situation myself a few years ago, as has my husband. It is not easy to wake up one day and realize that the very place which “makes you a living” is operating in a way that is in complete opposition to your personal values.
At that point, it is clear there is a decision to be made. Without attaching judgement, we know that many choose the safer path and try to look beyond who they work for, focusing rather on the comfort of having a job and secure paycheck. However, others of us are unable to turn our heads or bury them in the sand, ignoring the facts. Many people each day are leaving jobs, companies and corporations which their heart and soul can no longer allow them to support, or invest their personal energy in. When we consciously consider the harm that is coming from many of these, it is hard to look the other way. Therefore there is no better time to ask yourself if who you currently work for is supporting and creating a better world for all, or doing the very opposite in what they produce, and how they treat the environment, their employees and the people of this planet due to the products and services they provide. And may we not be fooled either, as it is not enough today to just “make a donation to the right cause” that offer solutions, while being a direct cause of the very problems to begin with.
To address the indirect answer to this question, I am sure we all realize to some degree, that at the end of the day you are not working for you….nor your employer….not even the government. So who are you working for then? I don’t want to give you answers that you would be better off finding out on your own, along your personal journey, but let’s just consider this…..what do you do with your money after you earn it?
If you are like 99.99% of people in the world, you put it in the bank or go buy stuff with it. So who is really getting your money? The banks and corporations. Now before we go any further, this is not going to turn into any kind of attack on the banks and corporations as we do not need to fuel any more duality in this world. Although many stage various fights against the banks and corporations, as long as we support these structures, how can we really blame them? Either way, I personally do not see the world through the eyes of victims and villains. As hard as it still is for many to believe or understand we really do create our own reality. External events and systems only have as much power over us, as we allow them to have.
So what is the solution? Again, I don’t claim to have the answers for you, only you can find and decide what is best for you. But when it came to me and my life, there came a point where I (along with my husband) decided that we were simply not interested in working for the banks and the corporations any longer. And so we said good-bye to our $300,000 mortgage (which can be considered an average normal today), left our jobs (for the most part), cut our bills by more than half and chose to create a different life. A much simpler way of life; one based on freedom, not working as slaves for other entities. One based on quality of experiences, not quantity of things. As my husband explains it to this day “we decreased our financial obligations, while we increased the quality of our life.” Everything we have chosen to do is in contradiction to what society would classify as achieving success, and yet we have never felt more successful. We simply came to the unshakable conclusion that we were simply not interested in playing the game of “more” any longer and working for others. We would much rather enjoy life, and make the most of this human experience. It has been one of the best decisions of our life, and since then instead of fighting against some system or organization, we simply continue to take action in making ourselves as self-sufficient as possible, reducing our reliance on a system we simply cannot continue to support.
The steps you may wish to take in your own life can vary in so many ways. The most important thing is to allow yourself to have an honest and authentic reflection period with yourself (and your family) as to who *you* are really working for, and if this represents your personal values, and the life journey and experience you wish to have in this lifetime. From there, the more you tune into your inner being, the more you will be guided in knowing what to do. Yes, some decisions will take courage. The first step of breaking away from either some job, or material item, or home that does not represent your highest good can be the hardest. But when done, it will open so many possibilities and pave the way for a new way of life that can be of most worth to your personal human experience.
What Are You Working For?
One of, if not the most, favorite topics for people to complain about always seems to be money, and not having enough of it. I often wish people would ask themselves the true, deep and honest question of “enough for what?” We seem to be caught up in this vicious cycle of the obsession with more that we never stop long enough to see beyond the madness. The truth is we need so little to be happy, and often as world research has shown time and time again, having more is no indication of being more happy. In fact from all of my observations and personal experience, the more “stuff” one has, the more “problems” one seems to have, and the less of authentic happiness. Just the clutter of stuff alone in your life, can be detrimental to your levels of creativity and feelings of well-being. So many of us feel heavy and weighed down by life and all the obligations of it, not realizing how much of that is simply self-generated. And just like we put it there to begin with, we can remove it when we should so choose.
From a pretty young age when asked “why do people go to work?” kids confidently answer “to make money”. And then of course the question that follows as to why we need money, is answered with “so that we can have things” or “buy stuff.”
So is that really all what it boils down to? Stuff? Stuff that is more often than not hurting the very planet that we live on, hurting our personal health and the welfare of others. I don’ know about you, but something about that just doesn’t *feel* right. I just know we are capable of so much better. The biggest stumbling block for the human being thus far has revolved around the concept of acquiring money and goods. So just imagine if we learned to free ourselves from that, the potential our life experience here would then take on!
When we step back, and look with clarity and consciousness at our life, it is not hard to see that we are caught up in vicious cycles of trying to get and maintain “things”. And it would be one thing if those “things” really brought our life, happiness, meaning and purpose, but as anyone in touch with themselves even a little bit knows, they don’t. It may sound cliché to some, but more and more of us are learning daily that true happiness really comes from within. It is never about what we have accomplished, the labels we use to define ourselves, or what we have, but about the depth to which we know the potential of who we really are.
Therefore in questioning what you are working for, each person has to go through an honest inventory of their priorities and values, in order to choose what actions best represent what they really want out of life.
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