This post really hit home for me. Although I would love to be a full time spirit worker and artist, that’s currently not an option for me for financial reasons. (Although I haven’t given up on the idea of working towards it, especially since I may eventually need to go out on disability for health reasons.) I am a customer service representative at an herb company in my mundane work life, and not only are herbs (both herbal medicine and herbal magic) an area very connected with Odin (and a couple of my other gods too, such as Bestla and Idunna), but I am also a damn good customer service rep, and learning to become so has been an ongoing lesson in graciousness of which the Queens thoroughly approve. (It doesn’t hurt, either, that my company stands for organic agriculture, zero-waste, supporting local ecological efforts, and other principles I can be proud to be involved with.)
I will add: as I think Elizabeth commented to the post on Thista’s blog, it is a very worthwhile exercise to find the sacred in mundane actions that we go through everyday. Even though I would certainly rather be doing many other things besides figuring out what went wrong with people’s orders and getting it fixed, I am helping people in doing so, and at the same time acquiring some skills (such as tact, diplomacy, practical problem-solving, handling difficult people gracefully, etc.) that I can usefully carry over to my Work.
Please forgive me if this post is a bit more terse than usual. I am sick, and don’t especially feel like writing, but this subject will wait no longer.
Recently I have seen, heard, or been a part of a number of conversations that involve work – not the spiritual Work the Gods assign us, but mundane work, the jobs we do to pay the rent and put food on the table. Some of those conversations have been inspiring and enlightening. Too many, however, have been simply frustrating.
It seems to me that many people look at spiritworkers, clergy people, shamans, etc. as some how more devoted, or following a more comprehensive or challenging path, if they don’t have a mundane job. On the surface, there seems to be some very simple logic at work here. If you do your spiritual work all the time, you’re doing it more often…
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