The Art of Being Unemployed

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Words By Francis Hadid.
I grew up with two conflicting messages: ‘do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’ and ‘working is so bad, you get paid to do it’. And although they both followed me around like a Japanese death god, I feared the latter and vowed to a life of leisure. To me, that meant and still means low expectation academic pursuits and lazy afternoons under the sun. Then, I turned twenty-five and suddenly money, doubt and fear became the dominating theme to my existence. Am I gonna have a cubicle? What if the manager slaps my bum? Are they gonna ask me to sign Sharon’s birthday card? How does one respite when wearing the shackles of employment? I hadn’t yet started the job hunt and was already panicking. ‘Job hunt’ seems like the appropriate term because that’s exactly how it felt. I was a huntress, tip toeing through the forest of jobs, trying to catch a rare, feeble, beady eyed prey. What I didn’t know: it hadn’t been open season for a while; the forest was closed; I wasn’t the only hunter around, and my days of youth retirement were about to begin. I was unemployed.

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Symptoms of Inner Peace

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Be on the lookout for signs of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have been filled with such peace, and it’s possible that people everywhere could come down with this strange virus in an epidemic of some sort. This could pose a serious threat to our fairly stable condition of conflict in the world. If you think you or anyone around you is coming down with inner peace then it is necessary that you alert the proper authorities.

Here are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously, without the influence of fear due to past experiences and consequences.
  • A strange tendency to not over analyse the past.
  • A worrying ability to enjoy the present moment.
  • An alarming tendency to not stress about the future.
  • A loss of interest in judging people.
  • A loss of interest in judging yourself.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • Loss of inner and outer conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry (this is a serious symptom).
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • Frequent attacks of laughing with others.
  • An increased capacity for loving others and yourself.

WARNING

If you have some of the above symptoms seek a doctor’s advice immediately. If you have most of, or all of the above symptoms then it might be too late for cure. If that is the case, the best advice is to stay indoors and eliminate any contact with other humans, as your inner peace is highly contagious and could infect others. Prolonged exposure to the outside world could result in your inner peace turning into outer peace, if you know someone with some of these symptoms, remain exposed at your own risk.

This is a slightly edited version of Saskia Davis’ original Symptoms of Inner Peace © 1984. Saskia has been kind enough to allow me to share it with all of you, which I am happy to do. You can see the original in all its original glory at her website: http://symptomsofinnerpeace.net!

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