Defining Work- Blue, white and in-between.

We live in a society in which we feel we must “work” hard, check enough boxes and accomplish a certain amount of activity before we can consider ourselves satisfied.  Moving from a place of productivity based on piece on physical production to work based on intellect and strategy from my observation lead to mental health issues.

The factory worker and the CEO hold vastly different measurements of production. Producing a certain number of accurate parts verses a job based on delegation and decision are night and day.    That said; I believe most humans with average brain functioning can most likely attain and succeed in any occupation. The difference is the type of work and social programming that has taken place throughout the person’s life.

Someone who went to college, maybe on to grad school may never work in an environment in which manual labor is required.  This individual is programmed to only understand that he or she was hired for their knowledge of a certain field and not to work as those who are laborers and technicians.  For the white collar worker it would seem a waist of their ability to contribute to the work of operating a machine, fixing a car or building something.  Of course the white collar worker is capable of such work it would become mentally awkward.  The blue collar worker also could perform the functions of their white collar counterparts if placed in such a role yet just as the white collar would find it awkward so would the blue collar worker who is now performing the duties of a corporate director.

The problem lies in the social engineering that has taken place.  A CEO who gets fired probably will not go apply as a construction worker even if the job gave him or her living wage.  Also the blue collar worker probably would not apply for the dismissed CEO’s positon as they may feel inadequate.  Are they inadequate? I doubt it, what I do believe is two types of programming which has shaped their life and contribution to society. who

There may be a real correlation between depression and persons who have placed themselves outside of their definition of work.  Some say that happiness is the end of all things.  A person may find themselves in a higher paying job or a job that does not meet their intellectual needs and find discouragement.  Both persons will never be able to perform enough “work” to be satisfied as both look at completion differently.  The blue collar worker working a white collar job may spend every waking moment of their lives in their new position trying to produce without slowing down.  Of course not everything can be accomplished in a day or a week.  Working in white collar fields involves working with humans who are all bringing a variety of complex issues.  This inability to feel accomplished could create severe depression.  The same with the white collar worker who is now in a factory; this worker is continually frustrated with the way the operation is conducted without the authority to change the operation.  The lack of operational freedom may bring about frustration leading to a lack of fulfillment.

Most people are in awe of why so many very successful people commit suicide especially among the entertainment industry.  These individuals do not answer to supervisors and many have come from a blue collar background.  They believe work involves production of something tangible.  They may never be able to create enough music, movies, art etc.  Drugs and alcohol are common as even though their bank accounts are filled, their hearts are empty. 

Moving up and down the ladder between the blue collar and white can create a psychological shift which causes more harm than the money is worth.  That said transition is possible and through proper self-care and realization that both types of work are important to the contribution to society. 

Companies could do more to train those being promoted into a different dynamic.  Those who find themselves in instant success should in my opinion see a therapist to work through the major life change that follows.  The same should be said of those who have been dismissed from white collar positions and are now working in the manual fields.

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Why do I feel unfulfilled?

Trying to fill the absent feeling? Most of us go through times in which we feel empty inside; that everything is meaningless.  We think about the mistakes we made, we wish somehow to force ourselves into the prime example of what we feel is a pinnacle life.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Can we use these feelings to create a catalyst for happier days?

We do this to ourselves because we lack acceptance.  It honestly is that simple.  If you can accept who you are, your situation, and understand that it is very improbable to instantly become the person in your dreams, you are then on the steps to mental health success.  Acceptance does not have to mean settling.  In fact acceptance is a starting point for growth.  Acceptance allows your mind to grasp what is going on, right now.  When we flood our brains with wants and desires before we can figure out ourselves we become depressed.  We then become empty.

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Acknowledging our positon in life as it currently is.  Deciding that, I am ok with who I am today.  This can bring about change.  A free mind without “wants” is a mind not wanting.  When you say you want something or wish you were someone else you then are nothing but wants and wishes and what are wants and wishes?  They are always going to be unfulfilled.  You have a good chance at achieving your dreams, becoming who you want to be; yet even if you are to make it to the land of milk and honey, without knowing yourself you will still be lost.  The ancient sages proclaimed “know thyself.”  The first step to knowing yourself is to realize that you know nothing.  Admit this and you can receive anything.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #113 (Let’s be Happy)

Let’s be happy!  The country is divided, yes we have serious issues, but we also must take care of ourselves.  If we get so wrapped up in trying to be the problem solver we crash and burn.  Believe me I know all to well how to crash and burn.  So on this episode let us be happy together!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #86 (Is Faith Without Works Dead?)

In this episode of the Backyard Preacher Podcast Nate examines faith and works.  James says faith without works is dead.  Yet what are these works?  Is it right action?  Religious ritual?  Loving your neighbor?  These are all great, but we humans will always come up short.  The fact is we cannot please God through right action.  Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?”  The problem is many of us try to please God through right action that we become infatuated with our religious belief, rituals, and deeds it creates a type of religious OCD.

Is Faith Without Works Dead? What are These Works?

James says faith without works is dead. Yet what are these works? Is it right action? Religious ritual? Loving your neighbor? These are great, but in my understanding the human will always come up short. The fact is we cannot please God through right action. Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?” Our problem is many of us strife so hard to please God through our actions, in life we become infatuated with our religious beliefs, ritual, deeds, it creates a religious OCD.  It causes anxiety, depression, and endless pushing of the rock up the hill only to have it fall back down on you. We place ourselves in our own form of purgatory trying to please God. Faith without works is dead, but what are these works? Trust, to trust in God as Abraham. Only faith can please God, the action of faith is trust. Let’s face it, many of us say we trust in God yet to be honest most things we have in life are created by our own hands. We get the job, the loan, and everything else that works out in life then we give praise to God.  When it doesn’t we say we are suffering with Christ or come up with any excuse to ease our spiritual suffering and disappointment. Trusting God is probably the hardest thing we can do as Christians, yet it is easier then trying to live our definition of morality. Trusting God does not require pushing the stone up the hill only to get rolled over, it involves knowing that God is, and we are not. A acknowledgement that everything will be okay regardless of the outcome because our trust, our hope, our faith is in God. This trust can motivate us, inspire us to great actions without the feelings of unworthiness. God did not create garbage, he created beautiful people which he knows can never meet our self- created standards. So today be kind to yourself, stay inspired. Love yourself, this will help you love others. Remember God loves you not for your works but just because you are his children. God bless and have a great day!

Be Kind-Stay Inspired

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #85 (The I AM Edition)

Good day Backyard Preachers!  It has been a while but I AM back.  Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words.  We struggle in life, it is not easy.  Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life.  Be blessed!