As I co-hosted a recent networking event I became keenly aware of how tough the economy is all around us. While visiting with well-educated, high quality people I heard their struggles as they continue to seek employment. I felt a deep empathy towards them as I’m also a husband, father and a provider for my family.
One of the toughest things to wrestle with in all of this economic turmoil is remembering this key point: not to get caught up in the mental struggle of evaluating our self-worth by what we do as our livelihood.
Stop for a second and think about that concept.
We all do this. There is a pride, a sense of accomplishment, or lack thereof, based largely upon how we “think” society values us based on what we do in our careers. This pride works both ways whether we’re in some position of authority or not, a highly visible public figure or a machinist, a high-income career or “just a mom.”
This post is to encourage those who may be discouraged or who are endlessly looking for employment to keep their spirits up. Who you are as a person is tremendously valuable whether you’re gainfully employed at this moment … or not.
A favorite scripture of mine on this subject is, “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” (http://bit.ly/aLCvoE) This is a constant, a universal truth no matter what we might have as a career.
Work in itself is purposeful and invigorating, even exciting at times. In some cases we feel that we can shape and influence the world around us.
I have many of these feelings with my current career, but still, what gives me the most sense of purpose, of peace and of meaning is being goes right back to the opening paragraph of this post – realizing that I am a husband, father and a provider for my family.