Artwork by Whilce Portacio
The world of Work- what does this mean? Have you ever thought about this word from a MaxPower2U perspective? I recently was listening to a speaker talk about a male not being a man until he was working and was defined by his work. Do you agree? Does a man's work truly make him a man or is he a man just because he was born a man? A gangster can say that he's putting in "Work", and he truly may be, but does this make him any more of a man than someone who is not engaged in a "Work Like" activity? Or is anyone who is actively contributing to a specific task considered a worker or do they have to be earning a certain living for themselves and or for others?
In my life, I have participated in doing several jobs that can be considered work and for the record, they did pay me for services rendered. Did these jobs or work titles define me? Well, to a certain degree they did and some that I wasn't too happy about, motivated me to search for a better title, I meant type of work which would define me more as a man- no, I just wanted to progress and use my mind more. I wanted a title that I felt worthy of because Society said so. For example, I worked in the fields picking oranges, grapes, and lemons. I often felt that I was beyond this work title of "field laborer" so I did not truly adopt the title. But others did not have the same privilege of other opportunities, so they just accepted because they did not have a choice but to surrender to their title of field laborer. Or did they?
I joined the Navy back in 1987 hesitantly and without any other choice, had to bear the title of Sailor. Did it make me more of a man even though didn't necessarily enjoy the work? Although it did grow on me and I felt a part of a brotherhood unlike anything else. I still didn't see myself as a Sailor for a very long time and after 7 years of service I separated with an honorable discharge. I often wonder how Sailors feel after serving 20 or 30 years and then their title is taken from them because they are no longer working in that capacity. I guess the respect from the Naval or military profession will always be there, but now, you are of non-significance, maybe even less of a man because you are no longer working in that profession. I just wonder!? Are you more of a man knowing that you served in the service or would you be the same man if you were an accountant for 30 years? What if you were a garbage man or a stock broker for 30 years? Would they be more of a man based on their work and what they earned while at their work?
Women are extremely important in the work place as well as we all know, but I have to ask- why is it that we still hear about work inequality between males and females. Would it make a male less of a man if the woman made more money or had a high paying position than him? I wonder? Who gets to make this law? Who gets to define a person based on the type of work that they do? Who knew that it would get this complicated about being human and having to feel pressured about being or doing some type of work just so that you can be of any significance to anyone.
Do you know of any people that do not have to do any work and have a ton of significance? Dubai and Saudi Arabia are areas of the world that come to mind because of their leadership hierarchies, but I am sure that America has its own form of Royal families, thus making it easy for anyone born into those families to have immediate wealth and significance without having to worry about having to work a day in their lives.
In a sense, the world that we live in has many definitions about everything having to do with us being human beings and what exactly we should engage in and what makes us more of something. Just now that you are already enough and that you came into this world with a gift to share with humanity. I believe that my gift is enjoying learning about the power of the mind, our free will, and how we can manifest the things we want to see in our lives. The more I know, the more I feel that I can share with others that want to know more about what they can do to align with their own gifts.