Archive for April, 2009

No More Work

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”

I had a major realization last week that I am not ready to start a new job. This is a major break through for me since all I’ve been doing for the last month is aggressively applying for jobs. I haven’t received any offers yet, but every recruiter I talk to wants someone to start, “Yesterday”. When asked by a recent recruiter, “How quickly can you move?”, I completely panicked. This was my “Aha moment” when I realized that I wasn’t ready to work. So now what?

I love the quote above because it speak to my desire to merge work and play. It forces me to think about what that truly means and how I can transform it from a dream to reality. I need to spend more time playing instead of working. My first step was taking an improv class, which I absolutely loved! It was the exact blend of work and play that I needed. So I’ve been seriously thinking about and researching a two-month trip to Spain. I’ve been praying about it as well and gave a very specific prayer last night. So today I get a mileage rewards packet in the mail from American Airlines with MADRID written across it in bold lettering. I see it and am confused, How did they know?  Did I order this? So is this my sign? I’m going with yes.

A Church Home

I am on a constant journey to deepen my spirituality and not working has given me the time think about ways to move forward. Having free time and not traveling has changed how I view my ability to commit to various things, including church. Last month, I officially walked the aisle to join the church I have been attending consistently for a year and a half now and off and on for the past five years. When I was working, it was easy for me rationalize why I had not joined church. I was always traveling and could be out of town for months at a time. After getting laid off, I felt this desire and freedom to make a commitment to church. I walked the aisle and received the right hand of fellowship on April 4, 2009. It was the new beginning that I needed to continue the journey of deepening my relationship with God.