By Kenneth Justice
~ Last month I worked a lot of hours….in fact, aside from Easter Sunday I was pretty much working seven days a week for the whole month…and for what?
I don’t hate my job like some people…..but don’t get me wrong; I’m not in love with my job either.
I would say the best word to describe my vocational situation is that I’m thankful. I’m thankful for a career that pays the bills and leaves a little bit extra to put in savings and to go out to coffee……
But, there are many days that I ask myself; what am I doing? What’s the point of it all?
Isn’t that where a lot of us are? Whether we love or hate our careers, there are those days we wake up and realize; we aren’t getting any younger.
I have diplomas in psychology, addictions counseling, domestic violence counseling, and I’m 8 credits short of a degree in Social Work……and while those types of careers can be very satisfying in that you are working with people; Social Workers and Counselors experience some of the highest levels of burn-out of all professions.
The same goes with people in the teaching profession; many teachers get a lot of joy and satisfaction out of their work…..but many get it at a cost of high levels of stress and burn-out.
Law Enforcement, EMS, Doctors, Nurses…..the various people working in the helping professions can get a lot of happiness in working with the public….but it can also result in a lot of tired sleepless nights as well.
Whether we are a secretary, coffee barista, office worker, in sales, computer technology, or whatever…..there are good days….and there are days where we wonder; What the h**l am I doing with my life?
Sometimes I wonder if we in the Western World, where technology is king, have replaced the joy of experiencing every day to the fullest; for the daily grind where every day becomes a blur…..
How much of our life is spent building memories?
Memories that we will cherish till the day we die?
How much of life is spent passing on butterflies; that is, building memories with the people we love?
Are we spending too much of our time on things we will never remember? Things that are monotonous and that will fade to grey?
How much time do we really spend….like the father in this photo; gently passing a butterfly to his daughter….creating moments that will last a lifetime?
Don’t get me wrong….I realize that every minute of every day can’t be the greatest moment of our lives……or can they?
I don’t really have any definite answers to these questions…..because I ask them about my own life all the time.
Isn’t it healthy to question whether or not we are living our lives the way we really want to live them?
If we never question things…..perhaps we will wake up one day and realize we wasted our life away.
Perhaps we will wake up one day and realize we’ve never passed on a single butterfly…….
for now, I think I’ll get another cup of coffee….a dark roast this morning….