Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Job & Dharma Discussion

First day of school - no longer a student!

In Sanskrit, dharma means to "sustain, support, or uphold."  In Indian/Hindu philosophy dharma is regarded as a natural law of the universe.  Plants have their purpose & job in life, as do the animals, and thus we humans.  It's also considered to be a moral duty.  At 25 (soon to be 26) years old, this is always on my mind, so suffice to say I've spent the last 5 years (at least) seriously thinking about what my reason for being on Earth is, or how I can help the people around me. What could I offer the world? 

I'm happy to say that I have finally developed a useful skill and put it to good use!  I got a new job interpreting sign language at an elementary school :) Your job is a big deal.  I don't believe it should define who you are, but when I say it's a big deal I mean that it's kind of crazy-making when you don't enjoy or feel fulfilled by it.  A job you can enjoy and pays you enough to have what you need is a blessing. I actually wrote about my last job which you can read about here if you'd like.  Let me be blunt here - it was not very enjoyable or fulfilling.  Sometimes we take jobs because we have to, right? No big deal...

But it just didn't feel right.  Honestly, when I graduated college, I was afraid to start interpreting.  I didn't want to mess up, you know? And I know that the first step to being good at something is sucking at it (we're so hard on ourselves, aren't we?), but that's easier said than done.  Finding a job in a new city, far from old connections was difficult, too.  But I continued to look because while I felt the thrift store was teaching me things (how to maintain a peaceful situation when dealing with difficult people, namely), and I was grateful it provided basic things I needed, it didn't allow me any creative freedom.  I wanted to sign. So I started to think that maybe I could be a skilled interpreter if I just TRIED...

And y'know, damn, once I allowed myself to imagine it, all that Disney dreaming seemed to work because I found a job, a chance to try.  I've been interpreting for over a month now and I can tell, just by an instinctual gut feeling that I am on some more appropriate path for me now. I know this because I am calmer and more at ease in my everyday life. I think that's the thing about dharma though, that it's just some innate thing inside you that MUST be done or expressed to help the world. I read a quote recently that said something like "the purpose of life is to find your gift & the meaning of life is to give it away."  I think dharma is an idea past humans created to get people thinking about self-acceptance and social harmony.  

Have you ever thought about the concept of dharma? 

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful, I'm so happy for you. Do your best, don't be hard on yourself, and grow everyday in your job.