“The things we do for love are rarely the things we do for money.” Marcia Menter
When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I transform lives. Usually that evokes a lifted eyebrow and an unconscious step back. I can see from their expression that I might be joking and when I tell them I teach yoga and nutrition they relax, as if they had been holding their breath. Then they chuckle a bit at my presumption. “Really, yoga and food, can transform someone’s life?” And with a shake of their head, they want to know, “But can you get rich doing that?”
Years ago I made a conscious decision to do what I love in life, to do work that fulfills my spirit and brings me into harmony with others. In these difficult times when jobs are being lost and corporations control their employees with insecurity and fear, let us consider what it means to work for right livelihood.
People often fail in their careers because they have been trying to live out someone else’s idea of what a life’s work should be. They go through the day feeling miserable in their job, unable to give 100 percent to the work and their co-workers, seeing their future mapped out before them in one long agonizing stretch of time. Joseph Campbell once said that if you can see your life laid out for you, then you know it’s not your life.