a·lign·ment: an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another
This fancy word alignment simply means living mindfully and purposefully.
Let’s look at a famous parable about three bricklayers that will help us discover where we are in our own alignment journey…
While walking down the street one day, a man saw three bricklayers working in the heat of the noonday sun. The man approached the first bricklayer, and asked the man, “what are you doing?”
“What does it look like I’m doing?” the worker replied sarcastically. “I’m laying bricks!”
The man then walked up to the second bricklayer and again asked, “what are you doing?”
“I’m building a wall,” the worker replied matter-of-factly, not even bothering to look up from what he as doing.
The man then walked up to the third bricklayer and again asked, “what are you doing?”
“I’m building a great cathedral to honor my God!” the worker replied excitedly. “It will be the most beautiful cathedral the world has ever seen!”
I’m pretty certain we’ve all been at one time or another all of the workers.
#1 reminds me totally of my first minimum wage jobs – I was just there for the paycheck and did not give a moments notice on how I was trading an hour of my life with that $7 – all I knew was that I was out of the house and making money.
#2 was, unfortunately, a great part of my 20s and 30s – I was very efficient but not always effective. I could streamline a process like no one else but rarely asked if the process was the best one possible.
#3 is now where I am most days. I am working a job that I believe in. I spend my days mindfully and engaged…and I know where I am going because I have a plan and tasks to get me there.
Alignment simply means living mindfully and purposefully.
Notice the 3rd worker – he wasn’t just laying bricks – he was building a great cathedral! He was engaged in the project and proud to be a part of something significant to him.
A pivotal moment in my motherhood journey was when I discovered that God called me to be a Godly mother. My decisions and actions from that point on were filtered through that calling. How I spent my time, what calendar items were allowed, my answer to why I worked the job I did.
And today? Am I writing this blog because it’s something to do? Nope, it’s because I am passionate about helping others to see where simple, mindful, purposeful living and working is the place to be. If I approach tasks as tasks then they just stay tasks. But if I have a goal and a larger purpose and those tasks “align” with that greater goal – then my tasks become stepping stones to fulfilling my dreams.
Not in alignment? Have a terrible job? Not everyone can march into their workplace tomorrow and say “I quit” and then go find the dream job. We have responsibilities and obligations. It does, however, mean that you are ultimately responsible for how you spend your days, your energy, your life. If your job is sucking the very marrow of your life out, then, by all means, make a plan and execute a change. And outside of the workplace…are a creative, what are your outlets? If you are in a difficult season of life, what’s one thing you can do that’s all yours? Alignment doesn’t just apply to our employment – it’s all areas of our lives.
When you discover your personal alignment – you bring a passion and energy to your life. Ultimately, that passion and energy are contagious – you might find yourself that guy at work that encourages others. You’ll also find yourself in better-paying jobs, having more say in how you spend your days, and even setting the alignment of a whole organization and/or family.
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