THE QUEST FOR PAID WORK (Making a living Campaign)
WHAT I LOOK FOR IN MY WORK AND ENVIRONMENT
PASSION. The work that I do must be something that I enjoy doing. Usualy, I love my work so much that I do not even feel like it is work.
CONTRIBUTE. In recent years, ever since I became a mom, my life has changed tremendously. I underwent a radical transformation, step by step. I was a chrysalis for 2-3 years, and I turned into a butterfly. People who knew me once no longer recognize me. I really changed a lot (inside), which means that the kind of work I would like to have also has changed. Contribute to society is now a big indispensable component of my life.
POSITIVE MINDS. People around me are very important. After my divorce, I made considerable efforts to end all toxic relationships in my life. Negative people deplete energy. I promised myself not to allow the creation of negativity in my environment. Therefore, I look for people with positive attitudes, positive minds.
INTEGRITY. “There can be no enthusiasm in anything that you are promoting, projecting, planning, or striving toward unless it has total intergrity.” (Robert H. Schuller, The Peak to Peek Principle) It makes no sense for me to promote transparency and collaboration, if there is a lack of integrity. I prefer environments where people are guided by core values: compassion, love, loyalty, honesty, integrity.
GOOD LISTENING. I find that there can be not real collaboration if listening isn’t there: people showing empathy, understanding the context of the other person and listening from all levels (body, mind, heart, and soul). This means look and listen to situations, but also look and listen inside.
EMOTIONALLY CLOSENESS. “Empathy, the capacity to feel with another in his suffering, is born first of awareness, then of sympathetic connection.” (Daphne Rose Kingma, The Men We Never Knew) I look for shared enthusiasm, genuine caring for others, willingness to build a relationship, reinforcing the strenghts of others, increasing self-esteem of others.
CREATIVITY. I must admire what the group stands for. The rules are loose enough for me to breathe. I am appreciated. There is minimal pressure to conform. Things are not too organized. People are having fun around me. New ideas excite those in charge. New ideas move up the ladder quickly. I am allowed to be independant in choosing assignments.
WHAT I DID TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES
I AM PASSION. I don’t let the train of life pass by me. I mean to board it… and I want to contribute to make a better world. With passion, obstacles, challenges and adversities only make the journey more exciting and accomplishments become even more thrilling. Passion helps me search for the deeper meaning in everything I do. I learn from sorrows: I don’t get roasted in suffering. I learned to develop awareness of the pain, track it down to the learning hidden in its roots, and persevere to take appropriate action to leap out of it. Kundalini has been a real blessing for me, because no-thing seems to affect me anymore: I found a way to conserve passion.
I DESERVE IT. I believe that this universe has only one purpose: to plant desires in our mind and help us to fulfill them. My dreams are good dreams. I deserve to see them fulfilled. I tell myself that I deserve to be given whatever I ask for! I want to believe…
I BALANCE BEING & DOING. They constitute an inseparable whole for me. I like being a lot, but I am attracted to people who like doing a lot (like John F Moore, for instance, we have complementary skills). The more I am with my being, the more clarity I get about what I am. The more clarity I develop, the more conviction I grow about why I am here, and what I ought to be doing with my life. On a scale of one to ten, I give this a 10.
I AIM HIGH. So many people tell me to aim low. It bothers me. I would like to undertake only jobs/projects that are high-scoring and highly meaningful. I think big!
THE ROADBLOCKS STANDING IN THE WAY
Uh. So depressing to answer… The list is way too long. When is it gonna end? How will it ever go away?
Risk aversion, locking processes, fear of the unknown, power-hungry leaders, excessive control, lack of awareness, design flaws that discourage public utilization and engagement, corruption and non-transparent rules, culture of silence, governments who see open government as a threat, legal constraints limiting the ability to create tools and services useful to the public, public distrust.
Lack of open government market, very little job opportunities in this field.