This Labor Day we reflect on work. Work provides us the sustenance of body, mind and spirit, or hopefully all three. Let’s say on average one spends some 2,000 hours working
in a year’s time. Assuming one works from age 22-65, that’s some 86,000 hours. Of course, many work more than a 40 hour week, begin before age 22 and work past age 65.
If you started at age 18 and worked to 68, that’s 50 years or some 100,000 hours. Let’s hope you enjoyed what you did or do, over the 5-7 different jobs or more one is supposed to have in a life-time.
Better yet, think of all the roles we assume in life and the meaning each has and contributes to this vast interconnected web of humanity. It goes well beyond titles. I am still connected with colleagues, co-workers, friends from years ago. Now, Linked-In makes sure of it. It is funny how time reshapes who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. I have always loved what I was doing at the time, and threw myself into work, which I viewed as play, and as a meaningful contribution. That’s not to say it was all sweetness and light, nor is it now.
As I pack books for a pending move, I came across a Cherokee Spirituality book titled, Walking on the Wind, Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance by Michael Garrett Here’s a terrific quote (p 126):
“We have time. We give time. We gain time. We lose time. We find time. We use time. We donate time. We plan time. We make time. We take time. We buy time. We save time. We spend time. We waste time. We borrow time. We budget time. We invest time. We manage time. We wait for time. We look for time. We search for time. We pray for time. We watch time. Always, at the heart of it all, we are using time to do things. However, when there is nothing more to do, then time becomes a burden to us, and in the end, we kill time. However, each of us in our search for whatever it is that we seek has the ability to temper one with the other . . . doing and being. And what is the lesson of being or the lesson of doing? That is for you to find out.”
Meditation for this post:
In Anam Cara by the late John O’Donohue, he says ‘How you view your future actually shapes it. In other words, expectation helps create the future.” In his section, ‘The Passionate Heart Never Ages’, he says ‘Age is not dependent on chronological time. Age is more related to a person’s temperament. . . There is a place in the soul that is eternal. . . time makes you old, but there is a place in the soul that time cannot touch.” P 187-188
For Orthodox Christians the Ecclesiastical Year began the 1st of September. The 8th is the Nativity of Mary. The month ends with celebration of Michael and all Angels.
Judaism: Rosh HaShannah begins the 17th-18th with Yom Kippur the 26th.
Our Hindu neighbors will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi the 19th
Jain neighbors mark the 20th-29th as Paryushana Parva
The equinox of September 22nd is celebrated by Wiccan and Pagans.
Reserve your seat at the main annual interfaith event www.IACO.org - held in October.