Think about this... we live in a time and place where paper is assigned monetary value and we aspire to obtain it, even far beyond our need for it. We work tirelessly sometimes doing things we hate, while neglecting our bodies and also the sweetness of time with family and community. Most spend 40+ hours weekly doing work that’s not in agreement with who they are or how they’d like to feel. I feel as though a common misconception and theme of "adulting" is submitting yourself to unfulfilling work, but if you're going to surrender to anything at least let it be something that is bringing you joy and mutual gain. I believe making a choice like that takes undoubted knowing that YOU EXIST for a greater cause than busy work.
We are encouraged and basically cornered into falling in line with the current paradigm of maximum effort to accumulate minimal means for survival. In a perfect world, I’d much rather work and live in the flow of human currency and reciprocative care, so pretty much the innate and purest expression of humanity. I take care of myself, I tend to my gifts, my gifts are in turn offerings to my community. Of course, this means the absence of a class system, which is not very American at all. In a perfect world, everyone is tending to their individual niche, we all live in abundance and natural harmony. To grow fruits in your garden and offer them to your neighbor in exchange for herbs. To bake a golden loaf of rosemary bread for a friend and offer them in exchange for spiritual fine tuning. To share gifts and to also be gifted. A beautiful thought that may be too wholesome for the current ways of the world, but how do we find a middle ground? How do we use work and making money and not allow it to use us?
I propose we keep one foot in and one foot out. We acknowledge money and the need for it as what it is, and we are intentional about the work we do to acquire it. We acknowledge just how extraordinary our existence is and refuse to limit it solely to the act of making money. We live in flow with money, we do not cling to it. We make it and spend it, while living in between the oscillations. We prioritize caring for ourselves knowing that if we work ourselves to exhaustion we’ll be too feeble to enjoy the “reward” of money. We put living at the forefront and understand that the more we explore the abundance of our actual essence the more abundance we experience in the physical. So while you’re doing work in the outside world be sure to also be doing the work on the inside self. “But I’m overwhelmed and too tired from the outside work, I don’t have the energy to do the inside work”...You will always be drained by outside work if you never touch the inner work. The inner work is your invitation to rest, it’s the bed of clean sheets, blankets, and plush pillows after a strenuous day. It's calm in the face of chaos and suffering. The inner work is the true source of revenue. Once you make yourself aware and fine-tune yourself in accordance with this inner work, nothing you’ll ever do will be done without the presence of this self care. It will all, outside work included, be done with self care. Your existing in this way, in this abundance, will make room for the opportunities that are looking for you. It’ll open your eyes and mind to ways to make money in the outside world, while staying in the fullness of your inside work. Keeping one foot in and one foot out, realizing what the ways of the world are, who you are, existing in the fullness of what you are, doing the inner work, and that inviting more outside work that is in agreement with that inside work, so you can take both feet TF out!
Songs of inspiration: For the love of money x The O’jays, Everywhere x Chloe & Halle, Alright x Ledisi