At a time when there's enough doom and gloom for a lifetime, it may be hard to imagine there's a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many are worried about their futures, their health and the health of their loved ones, and the stock market has been reacting to every emotional upswing and downturn in the news. So where can one fine that silver lining?
As always, I'm here to help in whatever way I can, either as an interfaith minister or a strategic business coach.
I just ran across this organization who I believe is exemplifying spiritual activism to a high level and want to give them a shout out for their efforts.
Jewelstone Cafe & Waffle Bar is located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Their website is www.jewelstonecoffee.com. 100% of their profits are given to the Warm Hearts Warm Homes-Chippewa Valley project. Their help homeless parents provide stable homes for their families by helping them complete college educations that will lead to better income stability long-term. This is a way to provide long-term assistance to homeless families as opposed to just providing a warm bed for the night.
Thank you for helping your community, Jewelstone! I'll be in for a visit shortly.
Does this inspire you? What do your believe your community or the world needs most, and how can you help to fill that need? That is probably your calling in life.
The statistics for those who can use the #metoo hashtag are astounding. I dare say a significant amount of these incidents occur at the workplace, since many spend more waking hours at their jobs than at any other location each day. In addition, the workplace fosters the power imbalance often associated with many forms of harassment and violence. In my opinion it's just a matter of time before #atworktoo becomes the new conversation.
What is your response as an employer? You can certainly choose not to respond to it; to believe that it should be left at home or dealt with outside of your office. Or you can choose to face it head-on.
What means to help/support your workers and your executives do you have in place? How effective are those channels? How non-judgmental, confidential and proactive are they? Is it time to revisit your systems? If so, who can you trust to give you a non-biased opinion about their effectiveness or offer suggestions of how to improve upon them? If you don't have anything in place, what are your options? Where do you as a business owner go for help?
Because I'm an interfaith minister with a background and education in mediation, arbitration and employment law, I of course will suggest a path of confidential reporting that acts from a place of love and support. I will suggest ways that give accusers and their accused a safe place to have difficult conversations and help them to find peaceful resolutions. Of course I will suggest that you offer a neutral, non-biased person your staff can talk with on a regular basis where their discussions will remain totally confidential unless mandated reporting is required. And of course I will suggest that sticking your head in the sand will leave you vulnerable, as all forms of harassment and abuse have in the past.
Would you like to have this conversation? Call me. I'm ready.
One day in 1999 changed the course of all I would and will do. I was given my purpose in one very swift bolt of lightning, literally. However, the manifestation of that purpose has been long in the making, as my own journey has meant attaining the education to feel credentialed to do the work, as well as accepting a role I felt was too big or too vulnerable for me. Yet all my struggling against The One has led me exactly where The Divine wants me. Here.
I believe that each of us has a reason for being here, and we can choose to lean into that or not. Free will. But once you identify that reason for being, expressing it can be more of a challenge. Sometimes we feel held back by others who don't support us. Sometimes we hold ourselves back. My advice? Get beyond all that. It's time.
Does that mean a job change? Does it mean moving to a new town? Does it mean a change in the people around you? Only you know deep inside. The one thing that's definitely needed is a shift in how you view what you do and how you do it.
There are common threads within us that drive us to seek, respond and move either forward or back in our lives. Some of these are wounds to our spiritual hearts that occur every day or were created early in life. These can be healed. They keep us from being our best selves. If needed, seek professional counseling or develop a meditative practice designed to do the work.
Other threads are the small voices from deep within us that lead us to take those steps toward being who we are here to be. Taking quiet time to hear those voices is necessary, or we will never feel totally fulfilled.
These threads for which I refer aren't voices that say "I need to be a (name a profession)" but instead say "I need to express my unique talent or way of being/doing" and we get to choose how that looks. It doesn't always mean we need to change jobs. It could mean we need to change what we bring to that job though, or how we approach it.
For instance. Perhaps there's a janitor out there who always wanted to be a professional singer, and who obviously was given the voice to do so. However, life has also given him a family for which he's responsible, or some reason why that career just is not going to be possible. What prevents him from singing while he does his job? Or participating in community theater? What prevents him from sharing that gift while he still fulfills all his other duties? Only himself.
So my questions for you are thus. What talents and purpose do you bring into this life, and do you use them? How can you either integrate them into your daily life to find that internal fulfillment, or are you willing to make and accept the choices to break out and fully embrace them, if you feel driven to do so? What will the rest of your life look like, and are you ready to begin?
This blog is for budding entrepreneurs and those already running businesses. We all need a reason to get up in the morning and go to work. Taking home a paycheck just isn't enough these days. It's up to you as the leader of your organization to set the Why for your employees, or for yourself, for that matter.
When you create your business plan, build in something that gives meaning and purpose to what you do. Consider:
One of the questions I've been asked is how to find meaning and a sense of purpose in a job when you really don't like the work you're doing. The answers lie in one's mindset.
The first clue is that you don't like the work you're doing. That tells you something is missing as well as what does NOT fulfill you. Rarely does someone hate their job just because it isn't paying enough money to pay their bills. There are usually other reasons, such as you don't feel like you're making a difference by doing the work you do, you don't feel appreciated for the efforts you make, or perhaps you feel pushed to the point where you don't feel you can do your best work any longer because of deadlines or too much work.
Those reasons will also give insight into what it is that does bring meaning and purpose to you. Do you enjoy serving others? Helping them to be successful in what they do? Do you need more instant gratification to feel valued? Do you find meaning in creating something that can have a lasting impact on an individual or society as a whole?
Look for the ways you're able to fulfill these needs in the small things you do every day. Perhaps you discover that making sure documents are filed correctly means you get to put your hand on the memo your boss needs right away. Doing so means you've served someone else and helped them to be successful in what they needed to do, and you can take a sense of accomplishment, meaning and purpose from that one simple step.
If you're working in Human Resources or Management and you can see the value in a presentation on this topic in your organization, please contact me to make it happen.
Rev. Ronnie Roll is an interfaith minister, strategic business consultant and mediator. Her mission and passion lies in helping people create legacies, build bridges and celebrate life as a way to further humankind and celebrate our spiritual selves.