Life Is Matching Passion With Purpose
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What does G-d actually do all day, sitting around in Heaven?
According to Jewish tradition, The Divine One plays matchmaker.
And if it didn't work out the first time, the second one is pre-arranged too.
The notion of bride and groom is everywhere in Judaism.
In fact we believe that weddings themselves actually symbolize the union of G-d and the Jewish people.
Human capital consulting as G-d's calling - what a strange way to put it, but that's what it is.
Every one of us has a passion. Joined with the right person, life takes on a "together purpose." It is greater than, and different than, each one apart. It is a chemical reaction.
When you start out your career you think that it's a technical minefield out there. My portfolio versus yours; my internships versus yours; my college versus yours.
It is true. When you start out they want you for your "proven aptitude."
But as you grow up and go up the ladder at work, you will find that what "they" value is something different altogether.
One of those things is that uncanny ability to read people.
Even the most evil boss can be good if they nail down what it is you do very well, and then set you free to do it. "Marrying" you to a function where those particular skills explode like rockets to outer space.
Outside of work we encounter things. It's like they were destined in advance. Whatever it is that drives us, encounters something else and we are forced to tease out who we are and what we're doing here.
The Dalai Lama says that life is really suffering. Buddhism is so smart that way. It's offered as a practical approach for considering the classic question that people of all faiths ask: "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
My thing is, life does not have to be painful. All of us are here for a reason - like soldiers on a mission. It's up to us to look inside - find what drives us - and use that energy to make the most of what we encounter in the world.
* All opinions my own.