Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You Don't Have to Get Paid to Be Who You Are


Mike and I were talking about how a man at our church that does the announcements usually goes off on telling a joke or a story and Mike said, "He could be a story teller."  

Well, I thought about that for a few moments and replied, "He is a story teller.  You don't have to get paid to be who you are."

Isn't amazing how conditioned we are from our culture?  Even our family that lives quite differently from the mainstream, we also live under so many influences that we probably don't even realize.   

10 comments:

  1. right on, Tonya. These are gifts given to us, not necessarily to become famous or rich, but to enjoy and enrich our lives!

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  2. So true. Now that I'm a stay at home wife, I'm asked all the time when I'm going to get another job. Well...I have a job. I care for my home and my husband. I craft for charities. A LOT. One example is that I've knit over 100 pairs of mitten in the past 5 weeks for charity. But that's not a REAL job so it can't be worth much can it? I sometimes feel the pressure to job hunt and then remember how much happier we are with me at home.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. People often ask me what they need to do to be a writer.

    I say "write." It's got nothing to do with selling anything.

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  4. Thank you for the reminder. It's easy to forget... and it's applicable to ourselves, too!

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  5. I get that too. I'm pretty crafty and makes a lot of things, so people asume I should "make some more and sell them!"... well, no. I make each item because somehow my family needs it, or because it makes me happy, and I won't mass produce just for the little extra!!

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  6. Hah - you are exactly right. I love it.

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  7. Our culture is very tied to what we do for a living defining who we are. Thank you for the reminder that we have a lot of layers, and very few of them are considered work.

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  8. I just love the sentiment here. So true! Have you read The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer - I'm working my way through it - its very interesting - in an abstract way, it applies to what you are saying.

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  9. That's right on the nose. Thank you. I was thinking about this today, how everyone assumes that we sell the food that we grow and produce and that doing so somehow makes us "farmers". We don't sell it, though. So are we not farmers? Nope, we are! Thanks for putting succinctly what I was thinking about and didn't know how to phrase.

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