by Robert Wilkinson
This started as an answer to a comment, but rapidly became what you're about to read. None of us need be trapped by circumstances. None of us need be poor, or struggle with life. All of us have skills to be developed we don't know about which could bring us relative wealth and the respect of our world. It all depends on being philosophical in the right way about the right things.
Since I can only aver what I know from experience, let me share with you why I came to believe being philosophical about our circumstances and karmas is a necessity.
Once upon a time when much younger I was extremely poor. I had a few skills and a lot of altruism, but I didn't have much other than the willingness to persevere. By the time I was in my 20s, though neither of us had any money, my wife and I still cooperated in raising our daughter the best we could, and made due with what was possible. We didn't have much, but we refused to consider ourselves poor, or allow life's troubles and challenges to make us defeatist in our attitudes.
Many complain about not having a mate to help them, either as a couple or a family. I have known many dozens of single parents who do the best they can, and with openness and willingness to improve their skills and way of life, also wind up in decent or even great circumstances. Some in fact do better alone than with a partner who is uncooperative, lazy, or nasty. Having a mate is no guarantee that one will do well, nor is being a single parent a sentence to poverty and ignorance.
We all have skills to be developed that could earn us a decent living at something productive. To cultivate them requires a degree of imagination and willingness to think outside our cultural box of what we've already been taught, opening to unknown possibilities. When we're tired of beating our head against the wall, then it's time to open to other things. Doors tend to open when we're not struggling against the tide of our own evolution.
"Being philosophical" may be the only hope we humans have, since it's where our imagination might stumble across that which could make us greater than we imagined. In just one instance of this in my life, in my mid-30s I was led within a relatively short time from a $5/hr word processing temp gig right into becoming a very much in demand television producer, director, editor and cameraman thanks to free on the job training. It took "being philosophical" for me to regard $5/hr as an opportunity rather than an insult.
We are NEVER supposed to be "objects of charity" or "poor in Spirit." We have the power to attract ourselves to the perfect situation, if only we stay open to being trained and willing to think outside our previous box of perception which got us stuck in the first place.
Here impatience and pride are real obstacles. This was true in my own experience, as well as the experience of many who I've counseled over decades. If we can be philosophical about worldly things, we won't fall into the traps of unhelpful feelings and thoughts. I've been ripped off many times, but it never put me down or kept me down, and taught me who my friends were and weren't.
There are many things we could do that this world will pay quite well for if we learn to do them well. If you are wondering what to do, or feel trapped in unfulfilling work, perhaps you could make your destiny as a chocolatier, or a paralegal, or a baker of breads and/or desserts, or any number of other things that the world needs, would welcome, and would pay quite well for your creative product.
Learn HTML programming, use your imagination, and you could create a video game that could make millions. Learn how to install drip irrigation systems and create gardens. Do a greenhouse and provide gardeners with the starts and sets they need each year. Learn to install gutters and save homeowners the pleasure of being flooded. Learn to install solar panels, solar water heaters, or solar ovens and help reduce the world's carbon footprint. There are many things to do in this world that could be fun and make you decent money.
Our well being entirely depends on our point of view. It's all a question of "being philosophical" and seeing that mental slavery is the true problem in any question of unfulfilled Dharma. Even a pizza maker could be fulfilling a great purpose, where people would love the product and would find fellowship and good cheer. I know, for once upon a time in my 20s that was me.
My main income at this time is as a personal counselor, but I also do this column as a labor of love. I have been a strategic adviser continuously for many decades for corporations as well as individuals. That has taken many forms over the years beyond whatever astrology I know. For example, my ability to type, edit, know elements of human nature, and keep confidences once allowed me to be a well-paid script consultant for a couple of the biggest Hollywood movies ever to hit the Silver Screen.
I have been self-employed for the past 43 years as a contractor in all the things I've mentioned here and many more. There have been no guarantees, no steady salary, no retirement plans, and that may be the best thing that ever happened to me, since it forced me to take the initiative in every way this life. I've had to take a philosophical approach to life with every breath I take, since no one but God and my Higher Self have ever given me anything beyond some basics.
That required cultivating skills beyond just what I offer here in The Aquarius Papers. Through my life circumstances I chose to be well-rounded in my experience a long time ago, since I came from relative poverty. I was in no way a child of privilege or wealth. Even if I was educated and had some degree of conscience, unlike so many in our world today, I still had to be philosophical about the changes, the gains and losses, and open to possibilities rather than cop a bad attitude about what I didn't have that others did.
Even though I believe I'm doing my part to assist the world to be a better place, I'm still learning, still improving my current skills and cultivating others. Now that I'm in my upper 50s, I have several things I do very well that the world would pay fairly well were I to do them instead of this. But I'll keep learning anyway, since life is an adventure in learning whatever floats our boat.
We all have potential we don't dream of. We all have skills that with a little training we could be great at. It all depends on finding the right point of view, and the willingness to learn. We are never trapped by circumstance. We are only trapped by our prerecorded bagism. And we can always "break on through to the other side."
It only takes being philosophical.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson