This is a very special time of year for everyone no matter your spiritual leanings. I have so many memories, so much to be grateful for, and so so many changes coming for me.
I sit here in my beautiful home viewing the mountains outside, the sun shining brightly which for Missoula is a feat this time of year, waiting for the days festivities, and so many thoughts and visions flash before me.
Tomorrow will be the final day of my severance and so officially I will be unemployed. This is such a bizarre thought. To not have a "steady" income deposited into my lovely bank account to assist it in staying fat and sassy, to no longer have a bi-weekly reminder that I am a viable and functioning American, to not have to rise each morning and go out into the world to assist others to be their Type A best, to not have my adrenals screaming for no more Stress, and to not measure myself in the Corporate Eye… is to say the least - one hell of a Relief!!!
Don't get me wrong I have always enjoyed my career about 90% of the time and I most definitely enjoyed everyone I was with M-F 8 to 5pm but I never ever felt like it was a true passionate, fulfilling, jaw dropping, wisdom deliverer. I got up every single morning because that is what you are supposed to do from 12 - 70 years of age. I know there were days when many co-workers would have preferred me to keep my grumpy self at home. I also know that over time I had to force myself into going to work. It became harder and harder as I grew older to find passion in my work.
I looked out upon everyone I knew to see how they were finding joy in heading into work. I couldn't find their secret.
What I found for me was a passion, wisdom, and fulfillment from way outside the 'norm' of occupations. I found a desire to learn and share in very non-traditional 'schools'. I found that the more I worked closely with where my Soul wanted me to go the happier, inspired, and eager I became. Working "overtime" when participating in "soul work" never phased me, time didn't exist. The 9-5 regimen managed to fit into these times of "soul work". Over time any desire to climb the ladder, be recognized even remotely, and engage in office politics disappeared. I no longer defined myself by my career. I defined myself through my Soul. I found that what once irritated me… office politics became like a speck of dust I noticed and lightly flicked off me. Recently I might catch a glimpse of it but really never noticed it. I found myself bringing my soul work into my 9-5 and I started to watch its impact.
I watched as more people gathered around me to 'just catch up' and others who stayed very far away from me. I watched as the turbulent energy of meeting deadlines literally went around me with many coming in to ask, "how do you do that?' I listened on my last day of employment when co-workers stopped by to say good bye and ended with "I will miss your caring spirit." I knew then that my career had to be 'soul work' as that is what fed me and my co-workers.
Where will I be in 2014 from a career standpoint? I really don't know and honestly I really don't care. The only requirement I have is it must be soul work, feed me passion, draw wisdom, and create joy for everyone. So my guess is it will be far from the norm.
As we find ourselves on Christmas Eve looking forward, let us remember that this time is a reminder to us of two people following their hearts, their higher guidance, and their willingness to go against the norm to bring into the world a way of living called 'soul work'.
Warmest Blessings to you and yours - The Soul Traveler.