What would you do?


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Photo credit: Claudia Mulcahy, Ice Hotel


Hotel foyer

Ice Hotel foyer

What if money were no object. What would you do with your life?

This is a link to a short video. It asks that question, What would you do? I was so fortunate to have parents say, “Love what you do.” I’ve had over thirty jobs, three to five of them are what I’d call career jobs—You know, the ones that people think you’ll stay in forever. I’ve loved most my jobs—until I didn’t.

I have a canny ability to know when to move on. When I get itchy feet, it’s time. I’ve never feared walking away from a job, perhaps because I’m good at getting them. Or maybe because I’ve always valued my sanity more than a a title or paycheck. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a great employee and love money for all it can bring in experiences, including peace of mind.  But when push comes to shove, I hear my mother calling, and it’s time to leave. (I can hear the cartoon fast-feet music now!)

I save money. I live a frugal lifestyle—which allows me a lifestyle some call lavish. When I left one of my more recent jobs, I was asked, “What are you going to do?” When I answered, “Go to the Ice Hotel” all I knew is that I just had to leave, and the first thing I’d do was a ten year dream of mine. When I returned, I gave myself a few months, and my company, “Spirit and Money Matters” came via meditation while sitting in the morning sunshine on my lawn in a beach chair.

For me, having had a kazillion jobs isn’t all roses, but it’s been more roses than thorns. Do I wish I were still a minister? Less as time moves on. Do I wish I still made an executive business coach salary? Sometimes, but rules were changing. What about the security of a retirement with being a social worker?  I admire my friends who’ve stayed the course, but I wasn’t a “lifer” social worker, that’s for sure.

The only thing that remains the same is change. As long as we make choices we’re happy with, we’ll be okay. (Remember, we can always chose again. If we make a “bad” choice, we can change it by making a “good” one.) Sort of like the good witch and the bad witch. Who’s shoes will you wear today?

In the long run, I’m happy with the choices I’ve made. Very happy. I left most jobs on a high note, saved money, and usually chose to travel somewhere before picking up my new persona. . . I love the variety and all I’ve learned.

If you’re out of work now, it’s not the economy. You may end up in a completely new type of job. Be open. It’s not even “the blank resume” factor. What did you do while not working? It may earn you more points than “holding a job” – even lab mice can do that. What would you do if money was no object?

You may not end up as company president, but then again, maybe you will.

What does your heart say?


Listen. . .

Today is a Good Day

Sunrise, Strata Cumulous Clouds. Photo by Claudia Mulcahy

I love photography. I love to take it, and love seeing the glory of nature through the camera lens of others. The moment I opened my eyes in the morning, I saw gorgeous clouds. I jumped into shorts, a top and flip-flops. I clipped my hair up, and grabbed my camera. Hygiene and beauty can wait thirty minutes.

Later in the day, I received this video of Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude. It was sent to me a few days before my last cancer related surgery. As I watched it, I decided to view this as my prayer of gratitude. The video’s about 10 minutes long and worth every one of them. Thanks Mr. Schwartzberg!

No phone. No T.V.. Not much money. By society’s standards, the guy must have been miserable, right? As he puts it, he had “time and a sense of wonder.” In the video, Schwartzberg mentions people react to his photography with, Oh. My. God.

He then asks the audience, “Have you ever wondered what that meant?” The Oh means, it caught your attention. It made you present, and mindful. The My means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway from within for something to be heard. God is that personal journey we all want to be on. To be inspired. To feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life.” His current project, Happiness Revealed gives insight to this very idea. Enjoy his photography and the message.  Gratitude

Is gratitude your mantra? What are you exploring? Are you activating your imagination?

“If you learn to respond to each day as if it is the very first day—and the very last day of your life, then you will have spent the day well.”  —From the man in the video.