I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well Psalm 139:14
I have found over my working career that I would periodically need to reinvent myself. What do I mean by that? We human beings can get restless and bored actually pretty quickly. Did you ever notice, for example, that it is hard to just sit and do nothing? That is one reason why that hand-held gadget gets so much use. We almost unconsciously pick up that device and flip through it when we are bored. Now little boredom times like that actually show that we have a near constant need for some type of stimulation. Not a bad thing if we can channel that into constructive activities.
In a larger sense, I found that after a few years in a job, I would start to get restless, maybe a little bored. I needed a change. The answer, especially early in my career was not to just change jobs. I had a family to support, and job hopping was not a great idea. Further, in the late 70’s and early 80’s jobs were hard to find, and the economy was not stable.
So, I found ways to change some things around in my current job. I might initiate a new program, network with others in my field to get ideas about improving service, and eventually, I went back to graduate school in the evening while working during the day.
The point of this is, we always must be in the business of reinventing ourselves so that we do not become complacent and stale, no matter what our situation might be. Maybe just changing our attitude about a current situation suffices to reinvent ourself and stay fresh.
We are made to be curious beings, and that is quite a blessing. Tomorrow I will talk about the transition into, let’s just call it “later adulthood” 😊
Prayer: Lord thank you for making us curious and in need of stimulation. Help us to redeem it well, Amen