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February 19, 2011
Change Your Mind Before You Change Your Job
 
From the start, some people know their life’s purpose, while others keep giving it the old college try, “searching” years after graduation, quietly mumbling, “Nope, that ain’t it!”  
 
If this sounds familiar, maybe you’ll find comfort in the saying, “Fate is the cards you’re dealt at birth; destiny is what you do with those cards.”
 
What are you doing with your cards? Whether you prefer to play (corporate raider) poker or (creative) solitaire, when it’s right, do you really know it? Can job nirvana ever be found through career counseling, personality analysis, or cosmic color-code quizzes? Perhaps, but is it actually more likely that we already know what we’re supposed to be doing?
 
It could be possible that people ARE happy in careers but don’t know to make amends with the pressures of a society that keeps echoing, “You need to seek more!”  
 
A not-so-bizarre storyline in the canceled television sitcom “My Name is Earl”illustrates my point: 
 
During “Monkeys in Space” (Season 1, Episode 14) Randy, inspired by brother Earl (whose own purpose is amending a list of wrongdoings for karma’s sake), decides to find his career calling rather than continue to be Earl’s disrespected, mooching, flunky assistant.
 
Yet to Randy’s surprise (after several ill-fated, hodgepodge employment attempts end in a loathsome busboy job), he is recruited back by Earl, who has realized Randy’s help is the essential cog in his own pursuit of righting his personal wrongs. 
 
So, Randy happily returns, with renewed value, able to accept his brother’s handouts as payment for the job he loves and had been doing all along (except now with praise and acknowledgement).
 
Silly? Convoluted? Yes. But a storyline that underscores how all jobs must fulfill the needs of financial independence and fuel greater self-esteem asks us to suspend ideas about what we “think” we should be doing in life. Can we be here now and enjoy...just like Randy?
 
Giving in to nagging perceptions about what we are meant to do and constantly asking, “Is this it?” aren’t conducive behaviors to happiness. Can you be happy where you are right now?

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Phyllis Briskman is a verse contributor and does PR/marketing. She sharpened her first pencil as retail fashion copywriter, writing to count before Twitter tweeted its first hello. Later, she flew the cubicle to do freelance creative becoming a writer of all trades, from beauty to fitness for catalogs, magazines, and websites. Born to brainstorm, she's named retail businesses and website domains. She loves quick wit, survives on laughter, is a little hokey, but aims to please because that’s what life’s all about.

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