By: Dan Miller

Do you know that in the Tibetan language there is no
word for "unemployment?" That is a concept
reserved for our Western culture where we have
"jobs." In traditional Tibetan society, people
were mostly farmers, animal herders, or merchants.
There was no concept of set hours of work or of having
a job. Their work was often seasonal and during
harvest season, they would work very hard. Then
during the off season, they and the land would rest.

That pattern of natural work and rest has been
replaced in our culture with 24/7 accessibility to work.
Cell phones ring in church, email arrives at 2:00 AM
demanding a response, and faxes peel off pages of
urgent business in family kitchens. We have created
artificial environments with artificial work expectations.

I guess that's why I look back and value being raised
on a farm where the sun and rain often dictated the
day's activities. I love the convenience of modern
technology, but as with all "advancements" there also
comes the responsibility for maintaining personal life

I have always encouraged people to recognize times of
being "between opportunities." Rather than the
panic of being "unemployed," perhaps we should
see those times as welcome times of restoration,
rejuvenation and opportunities for new perspective.
Seeing it as such would certainly require a new word.
Any ideas?

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