I used to dislike my previous career, and I thought a career change might change something. Well, I did, felt better, happier and more fulfilling doing what I’m doing now, compared to what I was doing before.
That was until i learned from Robin Sharma, through his YouTube videos that we have to find the meaning in our job, that will make us happy. It struck me on a rather timely manner, as i was beginning to pick on my current job, which will eventually grow to become a baggage of resentment.
No job has meanings, until we come along and do it. You see, I was a debt collector before and i chide myself for being there to do nasty things, putting pressure on people to pay their debts to the bank which i worked for, bad karma. Now that i am a career consultant, I’m beginning to chide myself that if I land someone in a shitty job, than that can somehow be bad karma too.
Hell, what a way to think.
The thing is everything has its meaning, good or bad, naughty or nice. We make these meanings, then we decide to like them or not. Every job has its meaning and we need to work it to find it, that is what a job is all about. Our job in a job is to find the meaning in the job, give the job a meaning.
Similarly in Aikido or martial arts, or anything we do, we have to have a meaning, we have to find what that means for us, at a personal intimate manner. It is not what the arts means to our sensei, or to ‘O’ sensei. It is their definition of their meaning of the art, their endeavour that inspires us, but we cannot take their meaning as ours, we cannot simply see that ‘O’ sensei moves gracefully so we hijack that ideal and try to superimposed it upon ourselves. Yes, our sensei inspires us, O sensei inspires us, but we must take that inspiration further and make our own meaning out of it. Only when we have our own meaning can we properly inspire the next generations to find their own meaning.