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Wednesday
Dec282011

"You make me think."

I went through a period a few years back where I changed jobs a little more frequently than some in my circle thought was proper. I guess, in looking back, it might have occurred to others that I was job hopping, but I was in a period of restlessness and discontent. And according to our friend Thomas Edison, that's a good thing because restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

And he, of all people, should know.

During my "job hopping" period, I heard through the grapevine that one of my co-workers at the first job I left in pursuit of my own happiness told one of our mutual friends that he was glad I had left because now they wouldn't have to think anymore.

My first reaction at the time was defensiveness. I was raised in a family where we were taught to always think of the other person first - and, the way that occurred to me as a precocious kid was to think of others instead of myself. Because that was a reaction - it occurred without me even thinking about it - I knew enough, even at the time, to realize that his statement was rather ironic, given that I had spent my entire life thinking and processing.

I decided, after some more thinking and processing, that I was glad I had made an impact on those co-workers, even though at least that one was relieved to be able to go back to a non-thinking state after I left.

I wonder, even today, how many workers in the world are in that reaction mode at their jobs where they have been conditioned - either by bosses and supervisors or by their own mental conditioning and limiting beliefs - to shut off their conscious minds on the job and leave their best selves in the car in the parking lot, waiting (im)patiently for their bodies to return so they can spend a few waking hours as whole selves before getting up and doing it all over again the next day.

I wonder if that's what Henry David Thoreau meant when he said "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."

I've been writing this blog on and off since 2004. It's become a place where I can sort out my thoughts and share them with others. The comment I've gotten the most often (and the most recently) here is "you make/made me think." And many times the person who writes that either says or implies he/she is thankful for that.

I sense that people are waking up and are looking for opportunities to be whole. To be authentic. To think. Since we spend much of our waking time at the place(s) where we earn a living, wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to turn off our thinking to survive at those places of work? Wouldn't it be grand if everyone we work for and with could appreciate the unique qualities each of us bring when we are present, conscious, and authentic?

I believe it is possible. In fact, I believe it will become necessary as we continue to progress.

Are you bringing your whole self to work? Would you like the opportunity to meet your real self by hanging out with like-minded people? Consider finding (or creating) a master mind group in 2012. There are many opportunities, either virtually or in person: you just have to be willing to look.

Watch this site for future in-person opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with virtual groups also being formed as warranted.

If you're ready to think, 2012 will be your year. Opportunties will present themselves, just as the teacher appears when the student is ready.

May 2012 be your year to achieve the dreams and goals you have set for yourself. May you overcome any fear you may have that causes you to play small. The world is waiting for you to bring yourself - your whole self - to it. Just think ... then do!