Tuesday, February 16, 2016
When I was a college student I thought of myself as someone who did not have a job while I was in school. "Job" meant that you went somewhere, did something and got a paycheck. But I did have a job while I was in school. My job was to study. No one was paying me, so I did not see it as a job. But that was my job. Many of us have jobs like this, no pay, but still a job, maybe even a career. Being a parent is a job. Being a grandparent is a job. Prayer, in whatever form it might take, is a job. When I sit and do meditation, or a walk in the countryside or even city street, it is part of my job. Meditation is not a waste of time just because no one pays me to do it. If we don't do the parent job, the spouse job on a regular basis, if I don't meditate on a regular basis, then the rest of life becomes quite costly and stressful. My paying work depends on these daily jobs I do, that pay nothing. For me to say I have no time to read or study, is to be giving up one of my daily jobs. "Do your job" is not a bad way to start the day. It keeps us focused on priorities.