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“What Do You Do?”
When someone asks you “what do you do?” How do you reply?
Do you give the standard answer and define yourself by your “job”?
“Oh, I am a car mechanic, poet, or mum.” Or do you take a deep breath and launch into a deep and esoteric conversation and declare “I am light and am here to serve you” ….
What Do I Do?
As a “Yoga/Meditation Teacher” I struggle when asked that question. I don’t actually do anything. I mean, I teach yoga, I cook meals for my children, I write words….what does that make me?
All I Want?
All I aspire to do, is to be. That’s it. Just to Be. To be kind, patient, forgiving, understanding, tolerant, loving.
You can’t “do” those things. You have to feel love, experience patience, give forgiveness, and demonstrate kindness. At the end of the day, our humanness, the qualities and way we live our lives are what defines us.
Yet, I often struggle with the very qualities I aspire to be. I am rude, impatient, get angry, moan at my kids and abuse my body….not all the time. But I do.
Let me tell you about my big brother. John. John died suddenly. Alone and young in age – 35 years.
Like me, John worked as a Probation Officer. A person responsible for supervising offenders, people who broke the law or were at risk of breaking the law. At his funeral, his clients sang his praises. It was an amazing tribute to witness. Rival gangs, hungry and displaced individuals make their way to his service.
What Did John Do?
John was seen as the Lone Ranger. A soul, human in authority that enabled those living at the edge of society, marginalised and often forgotten; to find hope in their homelessness, belief in themselves at the bottom of another empty whiskey bottle.
Through his gentle yet firm ways, harden criminals were able to let down their guard, breathe and believe, if only for the duration of a 45 minute supervision session;in their innate goodness. Even sex offenders said John saw beyond their hideous crimes and believed in their potential to change.
John Was Not Stupid
John was not stupid. He knew that once outside the confirms of the probation interview, the clients would go their own ways, do their own thing, maybe turn a new leaf , yet in that moment when he met his clients John was more than a Probation Officer. He was Light and allowed the light to shine through his clients.
That is what I Aspire To Do.
So today, I invite you. If someone says what do you do? Take a moment to pause and think, ‘What do you Do?
I would love to hear your replies, to be inspired and guided along my way. Please share your thoughts and comments in the box below. Thank You…
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