Be happy where you are. Philippians 4:11 teaches “…be content in whatever situation….” I have struggled with this for years! I know it’s hard when you have a job that you either don’t like or you just feel like you should be doing something else. You feel like you will just do it to get by. But the danger in that is that you end up feeling like you are wasting your life. You end up not appreciating your job, the people you work with, and sometimes you end up not even appreciating the paycheck.
But this scripture, “be content in whatever situation,” finally spoke to me on a personal, spiritual level. Until I can change my circumstances, I can learn to be happy where I am. Of course my next question was “how?” How could I learn to be happy in a career where I am good, but know that I should be doing something else?
Well, this is how: by taking ownership of my little section of what I was doing. While I do work for a company, my
position, as long as I am in it, is mine. My responsibility. My hours. My patients. My paycheck. My outlook. So, I had to look at how I did things, how I ran my little section of what I was doing. I began to take inventory of what I didn’t like that I could actually change. Well, I didn’t like paperwork; it was just too much. Okay. So I decided I could do the paperwork as it came so I wouldn’t get so bogged down. Next! Okay. I didn’t like having to call doctors for orders. Well, call them as the orders were needed instead of letting them pile up which caused more stress. Next! I didn’t like wearing scrubs ALL the time. Well, that was easy! Nobody was making me wear scrubs! I did that on my own, so all I had to do was start wearing street clothes more often. And I didn’t like going to work looking tired and runt (yes, runt) over. So all I had to do was get more rest and make an effort to look cute going to work—like I had it going on—or something. Do you see where I’m going with this?
There are almost always ways of making ourselves content in whatever situation, particularly job related, when we take responsibility for our happiness in that situation. Maybe you won’t get to the point where you love it, but it’s a win when you get to the point that you don’t hate it and aren’t complaining about it.
In my case, I had to also look at the fact that I provide a worthwhile service to people who could really use what I have to offer. While I may not be fulfilled in the career area of my life, I am fulfilled in knowing that I help people in ways they need it, that my patients appreciate me, that I get to meet and connect with some great people, that my days are not wasted, and I get compensated fairly well for what I do. I have patients who, because of our therapy together, are able to say their son’s name again, kiss their spouse again, enjoy their favorite meals again, remember their children’s birthdays…and so forth and so on. I am instrumental in changing lives. I am helping people to be happy again. And how could I be mad about that?
So, I encourage you, whatever state YOU are in, find a way to change your perspective and be happy. You may not be doing what you want to do. And like me, you may not even be doing what you are called to do. But, I’d bet you are able to change your thinking enough to realize that regardless of what you are doing for a living, and regardless of what you are wearing, who you are working with, and how much money you do or don’t earn, you can still teach yourself to be happy—right where you are in your life.