A Quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn on job and right livelihood

What is my job on the planet" is one question we might do well ask ourselves over and over again. Otherwise, we may wind up doing somebody else's job and not even know it. And what's more, that somebody else might be a figment of our own imagination and maybe a prisoner of it as well.

Rarely do we question and then contemplate with determination what our hearts are calling us to do and to be. I like to frame such efforts in question form: "What is my job on the planet with a capital J?", or "What do I care about so much that I would pay to do it?" If I ask such a question and I don't come up with an answer, other than, "I don't know", then I just keep asking the question.

You can start asking this question any time, at any age. There is never a time of life when it would not have a profound effect on your view change what you do, but it may mean that you may what to change how you see it or hold it, and perhaps how you do it. Once the universe is your employer, very interesting things start to happen, even if someone else is cutting your paycheck. But you do have to be patient. It takes time to grow this way of being in your life. The place to start of course is right here. The best time? How about now?

You never know what will come of such introspections. Buckminster Fuller, the discoverer/inventor of the geodesic dome, himself was fond of stating that what seems to be happening at the moment is never the full story of what is really going on. He liked to point out that for the honey bee, ,t is the honey that is important. But the bee is at the same time nature's vehicle for carrying out cross-pollination of nature. Nothing is isolated. Each event connects with others. Things are constantly unfolding on different levels. It's for us to perceive the warp and woof of it all as best we can and learn to follow our own threads through the tapestry of life with authenticity and resolve.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Source: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Contributed by: Bilgi