Fuse physicality and Integrity. Build a Better World by your Actions
Where is life taking you? Are you steering and shaping every coming event, or trusting the fates to manifest your life? Perhaps it is a mixture of both, as we attempt to control for the most repulsive of situations while tolerating or accepting life matters that may ultimately benefit us. It is a game between getting what you want and going with the flow of life. How safe and healthy is the latter? It can be wonderful, but go with the flow only if you trust that the current will take you somewhere you want to go. These were my insights as I gaze out into the stunning waves of Ribamar in Portugal. This location was partially a coincidental gig, but based on informed decision-making. Ultimately, I went forward with trust. Perhaps you simply need to know that you’ll be somewhere safe, or maybe you need to know that you’ll be somewhere worthwhile. I have come to learn that there is a very fine line between being adaptable and overly passive. It makes no sense to support others if it means neglecting or damaging yourself.
Having worked several jobs and internships since the age of 16, it was important to eventually realize that many employers will not always have your best interest at heart. It may be important to hold a job, but it is more important to sustain a steady vision of the life you wish to realize through the job. While working for a small martial arts studio, managing website development and maintenance gave me valuable experience while affording discounted lessons. They may have belittled my work financially, but it was a necessary means to develop skills and further inspire physical and professional goals. This a small example of using a world in a manner that is mutually beneficial.
Contrarily, one can encounter situations that do not align with the destination or goal. Having received a position in Germany at a guest house, the idea was to gain valuable organizational insight in hospitality while furthering lingual competence, teaching yoga, and offering other healing modalities. To be faced with complete organizational incompetence, a dislike for guests, a belittling of staff needs, and inevitably an empty house, I was faced with a decision. The decision was whether to simply accept the contractual discrepancies in order to smooth operations at the guesthouse, pulling upon my own experience to further their growth, or abandon this endeavor for other options. I was encouraged by the owners to "go with the flow" several times, and I stayed at the guesthouse for several weeks after I had realized the discrepancies and exploitation. Eventually, and thankfully, I realized that I simply did not trust the flow of their unloving project. It lacked every element and value that, in my opinion, makes a guesthouse in the business of healing a worthy investment of my time. Instead, a gig in Portugal (ironically) gave me all the valuable insight and development I could have imagined within a short period of time.
As in Taoist or Buddhist philosophies, it is best to consider a middle path between reward and sacrifice when considering long-term projects. Never forget your own goals and how you can see jobs as collaborative projects.