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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pause to listen to your soul too

Life is full of unlimited possibilities. The more free and open you are with Life the more you will experience it.

A friend recently told me that he was disillusioned with his job. The work culture in his organization is bad, his boss is a tyrant and his targets are unreasonable. “Basically, I don’t feel like going to work anymore,” he confessed. I asked him why he was not looking for new opportunities. He said he wouldn’t want to do that because the pay he is getting now is very good, and besides, given his qualifications (he only has a basic engineering degree) and his age (he’s in his late 40s), he feared his compensation may not be matched if he moved.

There are many like my friend – who are clinging on to their jobs or positions even though there’s no joy in it. They are insecure and unhappy. At the end of the day, all of us want only security and happiness. But money, or anything material, cannot make us secure. Only being happy can. So, is it even worth earning a living if you are not alive, if you are not living the Life you want, if you are not happy?

The moment you realize that you are not happy doing what you are doing it is time to take stock. It is time to ask yourself some soul-searching questions:

·         What’s causing my unhappiness?
·         What can I do to be happy?

When you operate from the inner core of your joy, when you make choices based on what makes you happy, you will find that newer opportunities, more fulfilling than ever before, always  appear before you. Building a successful career and a healthy bank balance are important needs no doubt. But also be open to Life. Listen to what your soul is saying. When something’s not giving you joy, Life may well be urging you to look beyond what you see. You may then want to try doing what you love doing. This is the only Life you have. Pretty soon you will be at a stage when all you will have is lots of time on your hands – and much of that time will be spent on looking back at your Life that’s gone by. Make sure the flashback is memorable!

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