Do Who You Are

Probably one of the most talked about things during the course of our lifetimes is what we do for a living. In fact, when first meeting someone we will ask, “What do you do?” We want to know what kind of job they do. We then have a frame of reference to categorize them with. It’s a handy way of “pegging” people and we tend to stereotype folks by the type of work they do.

We have different feelings and biases towards different occupations. We have different assumptions about them depending on whether they say lawyer, teacher, carpenter, or janitor. But these assumptions are misleading. We have only learned what occupation a person chose, we haven’t yet learned who they are.

Many people choose occupations based on the prestige that goes with them rather than on whether or not they feel called towards a certain line of work. This is probably not the best way to choose how you are going to spend the majority of your time in life!

Do you like what you do? Having meaningful work in this life is important. It doesn’t matter whether or not you get a salary for it or are compensated in some way. Doing who we are is vital to our personal happiness. It gives us a sense of fulfillment and meaning in life.

To truly experience the joy and happiness in life that we crave it is essential that we are working towards our soul calling. The problem lies in the fact that most of us don’t even know what that is. We also tend to think that happiness and enjoyment in life comes from our recreation time, not our work time. When you are spending the majority of your life working and not enjoying it, it’s not hard to see that you are probably not enjoying the majority of your life.

When we give in service to others at a level that matches our own unique set of gifts and talents we will find fulfillment. If you have ever been mismatched in a job and have to use skills that are not your strongest ones, you will be frustrated and feel incompetent. It is difficult, at best, to give with a heart full of joy if you are struggling to do things.

Some folks dislike change so much that they will stay in a job that they hate and that they are unsuited for year after year. They would rather do what they are familiar with but hate than to venture into the unknown in order to improve their life. In essence, they are cheating themselves, and ultimately cheating the very ones that need the service of their unique gifts.

Interestingly enough, our work is intimately connected to our soul covenant—our reason for being here—and our spiritual journey. If we want to discover more of who we are and why we are here, the secret to discovery is actually a spiritual one. You may not recognize it as such, but it is nonetheless. Anything that helps us become more of who we are is opening up our spirit and soul and so is spirit-ual in nature.

If you are not doing who you are it might be time to ask yourself, “Why not?” Seeking out someone to help you in this area could open up your life in ways that you never imagined. We are meant to enjoy life. This is not some kind of hedonistic enjoyment that I am talking about. True happiness comes from serving others in love and using our God-given talents and abilities to serve our world. When we are doing this, we experience joy.

This is a never-ending process that continually unfolds during our lifetime. We never arrive at the perfect destination because we will continue to discover new gifts and ways of serving. Growth is on going and so it keeps life fresh and new. The secret is to be true to your own happiness and enjoy the journey.

As we celebrate Labor Day in the US today, give some thought to where your next level of growth might be. If your work does not give you joy, something probably needs to change. Remember the Law of Happiness that states, “Happiness is doing who you are”. Don’t live your life without knowing who that is.