“how can i accept a limited definable self, when i feel, in me, all possibilities?” -anaïs nin
who i am is not what i do. it is so much deeper than that. it is the space deep within me known as my soul. my spirit. the source. the divine spark.
so, my job does not define me. i am who i am no matter where i go to work. or what i do while i am there. the calling, the purpose of my work (whatever it may be), is to be a manifestation of my soul. my work is a reflection of who i am, but not who i am. my work is my gift back to the world.
here’s a quote from kahlil gibran’s “the prophet”, an amazing little poetic book from an early 20th-century philosopher and artist. perhaps his words on work & self are more clear. they are definitely more beautiful:
“when you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
…but i say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of the earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, and in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.
…and when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God”
these are my thoughts, my ponderings, my dreams, and my inspirations for all that i face today.