Tis the season, finally. I am excited this year, a new job at a great company. I don’t think I’ve worked at a more generous company as the one I am working at now. Free meat products and I’m about to make a great sausage and pasta dish. I enjoy the team atmosphere of the company, we all had a potluck this week, and it was fantastic. I’ve been thinking about how things have changed for me because of this new opportunity, and how my level of pride in my life has changed everything. I love having a job, no matter how my body aches at the end of the day, I like having a job to earn money to produce my book for this time next year – my Christmas present to all of you. This year, I have an almost childlike thankfulness of everything that is happening in my life, and I wanted to share this.
I’m learning there is such a different world in the real world than the online world. Hardly anybody thinks about social media and what goes on in there. I realise that we have governments who are trying to appease a very vocal but small minority of people. Even when you think of the women’s march, only 1 million of a total of 180 million women living in America showed up. So, just 1 out of 180 women showed up – some are motivated, but people are more concerned about their own lives than these social movements. That’s probably the reason I’ve only heard about one guy stepping over the line so far.
To me, in this Christmas, it is a time for thankfulness. If the stories are real, God himself wanted to send a message of peace and goodwill to all the people in the world. Oh, I know that modern day Christmas was just Christianized by the Catholic Church, and it started way before as Yule, but the idea of looking towards that goodwill towards all people is essential. It’s a message that everybody should hear and live in their hearts. I was once asked, what is the ‘true faith’, because I believe in God but not religion, and my answer is one where you love your neighbour as you loved yourself – and any religion who thinks it is okay to attack people on Christmas is just not okay.
With my new job, I have a new sense of purpose, because this means in a year or two, my Fiancé and I are going to start our family. I’m excited to give my children the kind of Christmas that they will always imagine, taking a mixture of how my family did things, and my improvements to make it our Christmas. I feel like my life is changing with this new job, and I hope for everybody who is still looking for work can find the gift of a job. I agree with Ronald Reagan, the best social security in the world has a job – even if it is not the job you want, a good job that is not a great job is better than no job.
Many people have an all or nothing attitude about things, which was my mental roadblock towards work. I’d read articles that said, don’t take a lousy job, it is better to have no job than a crappy job – so I would keep on writing my blogs because I didn’t want a ‘bad job’, and all jobs – except my writing – was a ‘bad job’. Now, I realise working in a factory isn’t a bad job at all; it’s not the perfect job. However, it is a good job. Thanks to the understanding of the spirit of Kai Zen, gradual change for good. Nobody’s life is perfect, but as long as we take time to make our lives better, we will continue to grow.
I hope you have a great Christmas and expect a year in review blog next Sunday. I have a few days off for New Years, so I am going to go all out on everything significant thing that happened this year – all the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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