Flipping The Social Myth of Career Advancement and The Disappointment of Its Absence

As I was getting ready for the fireside — a spiritual discussion I had decided to host on Mondays (my telecommuting day) to address social myths and spiritual reality — I got a call from work.

The message was polite: the job I had applied for, which would have been a nice — and I still believe very well deserved — promotion after 10 years of work at the same company, had been given to an external candidate…

To cry or to cook?

Well, what was I to do: cry or cook? Well, cook I did, a full menu of lentil soup, pasta, banitsa, and gyuvech (more on the recipe, later).

Menu for the fireside: lentil soup, pasta, banitsa, gyuvech

Menu for the fireside: lentil soup, pasta, banitsa, gyuvech

The friends who visited that night were typically diverse and somehow connected with the full stretch of the Americas: a Salvadoran mother and her daughter, an American father and Azeri mother who with their three children live in Honduras; an American father and a Chilean / Bolivian mother whose daughter had been the English teacher for one of those same children while in Honduras — a random fact which made for an impromptu reunion, my American housemate, and finally, yours truly who this August is celebrating 20 years in this country, thus can be counted as nominally American…

Gathering of friends to discuss social myths and spiritual reality

Gathering of friends to discuss social myths and spiritual reality

Sorrow Not

As the topic of discussion “Social Myths and Spiritual Reality” was purposefully broad, I thought that dealing with disappointment in a society which often views success narrowly as material accomplishment — a social myth if you ever saw one — would be a good start. The discussion was passionate and enriched by several personal stories and reflections on the Holy Writings. We read the story of Majnún from Baha’u’lláh’s “Seven Valleys” and finished with this Divine assurance from His Gleanings:

O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.
~ Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

I was once again reminded much fun we all were having at that gathering. Next Monday, we will continue with a discussion on the “Valley of Knowledge” lead by my friend Natalia who had an opportunity to reflect on this gem of a Holy Writing while visiting her homeland of Bolivia. Please join us — you won’t be sorry!

 

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