“What really matters is not what function you fulfill in this world, but whether you identify with your function to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role that you play. When you play roles you are unconscious. When you catch yourself playing a role, that recognition creates a space between you and the role” (p. 90, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle)
We all have come across certain people in life who become the work they do. Their lifestyle, daily schedule, clothes they wear, their body language, and even their relationship with their loved ones is strongly influenced by their jobs. Basically, they become their official “designation”.
Why does this happen?
Is it because if we snatch away the job title from them, they have nothing else to fill the void with in their lives?
Is it because their sense of worth is directly proportional to their pay check ?
I strongly believe in working hard and giving your best to the task at hand but that does not mean that my sense of being should be defined by it. At numerous stages in life, we are reminded by that strong divine force that you play a very small role in the bigger scheme of things but still we live to compete, conquer, achieve and succeed.
I believe most of the top achievers in the world had two things in common- passion and dedication, two intense emotions that if are not handled properly, soon turn into obsession and attachment.
Rather than forcing your life to shrink to fit into pre-determined roles, let us just live to enjoy our present, a perishable gift with an unknown expiry date.
Just let go……
Happy Living in the present!!
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