In a Perfect World

My everyday life is full of opportunities to contemplate eternal life simply by 
asking myself, “Could this happen in a perfect world?”
For example 
     I rise early and perform my morning routine carefully to make sure I 
get to work on time.  I ask myself, “In a perfect world, could there be such a thing as a job to go to? Could there be the weight of knowing I ought to be on time?”

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that the next life will be perfect.
What I want to know is:  What does that really mean?
Does it mean we will have magic powers to make everything happen
just as we think it should?  I don’t think logic supports that idea.
So, if you will, please join me in my contemplation…

First of all, jobs exist because someone had an idea, which turned into a goal,
and the goal required the help of many people in order to be accomplished.
Thus, job opportunities opened up, and people like me benefit from that.

I work at a non-profit organization.  Their goal is to provide the right environment and leadership to foster and nurture inspiration and personal growth.  Many people give of their time and talent to make this goal happen – some are paid and some are volunteers.

It’s not hard for me to imagine that in a perfect world someone would want to create a similar kind of place for the same reasons.  So, Yes, there most certainly will be jobs and job opportunities in a perfect world.

Next, in a perfect world, might I still need to make a commitment to a job?  Could a job still require me to arrive on time every day?  Absolutely yes.  All it takes is a timetable and/or a deadline.

And now comes the reason behind this contemplation in the first place…
I know how easy it is to feel a little unhappy about the way that my job interferes 
with my desire to live spontaneously.  I like my work, but I do have to use self-control to get myself there on time.  In a perfect world, could there be anything to cause a feeling of reluctance to go to my job?  Absolutely yes!  All it takes is one simple desire. For example, the desire to read, the desire to continue a good conversation, the desire to play with a new kitten in the house, or the desire to photograph a beautiful sunrise. 

If I still have to exercise self-control and self-denial in a perfect world, then my idea of what is perfect begins to change.  Not only that, but now I realize that timetables and deadlines are not intrinsically bad.  In fact, even if I don’t commit to a job, I’m not free from timetables and deadlines.  I could be enjoying a vacation at the beach, but my favorite restaurant has opening and closing hours.  If I want to interact with people at all, I need to coordinate my plans with their plans, and that takes scheduling, which requires self-control. 

Self-control can feel rather difficult sometimes.  In fact, self-control can be so difficult that I begin to feel stressed because of it.  Unpleasant feelings and difficult decisions are part of being human.  They are part of learning and experimenting. Even in a perfect world, we will need to learn how to deal with disappointment and reluctance.  I could think this is a real bummer, but I prefer to see it as an invitation to step out of the poor-me victim mentality, and willingly step into a teachable and empowering moment. 

These are the moments when I talk to myself and to God, asking “what can I learn from this?”  I gave this some thought and realized that I can change my disappointment (at letting go of a desire in order to make it to work on time) into glad anticipation if I just pray and ask God for another opportunity at a better time, when I can say Yes. And then I go to work with a happy heart, knowing that God loves to provide for his children. He is both able and willing!

Your courteous comments are welcome!

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