23-118 Hang in There #6

Today’s Mandala Message: Your Dreams are Your Real Job

This week I’m working through Principles #21 and #22 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Keep Score For Success” and “Practice Persistence”, respectively. I set my intention today to ponder the value of my dreams (goals). Canfield shares this quote from Joyce Spizer, author of “Rejections of the Written Famous”: “ ‘No’ is a word on your path to ‘Yes.’ Don’t give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get ‘a real job.’ Your dreams are your real job.

Back in the mid-70s I was fortunate enough to go to Berklee College of Music in pursuit of a degree in playing keyboards. After my second year, my dad asked me about my majore in a judgmental way, “What are you going to do with a keyboard degree?” “Play” I said. “Where are you going to play?” I replied “Wherever I can. Probably in a band. Travel.” To which he said, “You don’t want to do that. And unless you going to get a practical degree (ie teaching), I’m not going to fund your schooling”. Being young, a bit immature, and afraid of angering him, I conceded and changed my major to Music Education. Unfortunately I never used that degree. About 10 years later I earned my Bachelors in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer for next 15 years.

One of my brothers is an amazing artist but he forego an art and music career to work at a “real job”. Thankfully, now that he’s retired he’s getting back into both.

And when my dad was a teenager, a wealthy woman saw my dad’s drawings and offered to send him to art school for free. To which his father said no and that my dad had to work to help support the family. Do you see the pattern here.

Thankfully, I’m blessed to be able to pursue my career as an artist and intuitive channel. And last fall I started practicing/playing piano again, on a daily basis. Better late than never.

So how about you? What would be your dream job? How would you go about making it happen? What changes could you make to your current job that would bring it closer to your dream job?

“Dare to live
the life you have dreamed
for yourself.
Go forward
and make your dreams
come true.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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