“Spirit when discovered to consciousness of soul seeks to clothe itself harmoniously and so casts out all error. Spirit is distinct from matter, though not from energy. It is through energy and Law that God is associated with the Universe, According to Hermetic doctrine, Christ is not person but process, by which man becomes transmuted into spirit.”
– Frances Larimer Warner author of Our Invisible Supply
“People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.”
~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Today a friend of a friend was sharing a story concerning a co-worker who was released from their position for having a 99% accuracy rate with a 1% margin of error. Can you believe that? My handy household cleaner Lysol will not even guarantee 100% and that’s a man-made product. Show me one human being who is not subject to err?
This particular job the employee could at any point be subject to emotional, vulgar outburst from buyers, abrupt distractions, anger gestures, in your face customers, especially when a dealer losses a bid, a computer freeze because the processor is unable keep up with the fast pace of data input, the loud bang of the gavel, less than a foot away, let alone carbon monoxide fumes and heat. The variables of anything going wrong was very probable, yet somehow the employee still continued to focus on recording correct bids, bidder numbers, correcting the auctioneer’s incorrect calls, all while seeing to it that everything matched up on the system, as each dealer’s cost was configured or re-configured with each up and down bidding process.
Let’s not mention having to quickly adjust numbers when the buyers mistaken their bidder number or forget the description or price paid for the car purchased. The employee is able to achieve all of this in a matter of seconds per car in real-time, non-stop. Perhaps, there are some managers, that have never actively taken on the task of the job described, but can only watch with rose-colored glasses, from within a nicely air-conditioned office of glass petitioning the real meat of the business, as they shield themselves from the noises and sounds of shouting bidders in the run lanes.
Or could it be, to the managers their subordinates are insignificant members valued at less than the products being sold. In some cases, these managers may deem a bathroom break inexcusable, having the employee sit through 4 hours in the same place. There is always a shortage and high demand of skilled people in this field, because it demands of an individual, keen hearing, nimble swift fingers, rapid 10 key-stroke ability, adaptation to different computer keyboards, knowledge of split screens, to be able to go between programs in seconds, quick-witted, sharp in-head mathematical computations, along with an agile mind. Just watch a hard-core game tester, or gamer? Oh they look like they’re doing nothing, but they have to be detail oriented, strategic, alert, have a working knowledge to recognize a glitch in the system or program, resolving the matter quickly.
It is front liners like this employee that supply work for the office personnel, managers included. It is the front liners that keep the flow of paperwork headed in their direction after all sales are finalized; after the noise subsides, fumes lift, and the last sound of the gavel rings out across the sea of chaos, as buyers move-on. I’ve heard of AI’s (Artificial Intelligence), but I don’t think, even they have reached such great proportions of knowledge and skill to hear, record all bids, physically, simulcast online bids as well, along with monitoring two, maybe three screens at once, among the other skills listed earlier, likened to the “stock exchange pit.” No humans are not robotic, and yes it’s humans that program those same AI’s which also are prone to err.
The employee baffled, thinking no-one does 100% all the time, questioned the legitimacy of their being fired from the position. They continued to reference questions relating to their work, finding no resolve. None of the answers were based on dismissal of work ethics, so the employee knowing the steps in firing an employee question the manager on those points, still the manager could not substantiate solid reasoning. The employee at that time asked for compassion of the manager to give them 2 weeks. With embarrassment and humiliation (being human), began to explain the 2 weeks would help because they were responsible for the care of another human being. The manager became adamant. It was then that the employee knew that the uncaring attitude was strange even for them, feeling, sensing a coldness. Right there and then, they knew this had nothing to do with their quality of work at all. Still unable to make sense, the employee looking for peace of mind began to speak further.
Now fuming inside after being humiliated says, “A 1% margin of error and you’re firing me, out of everyone else who you know makes mistakes….what did I do to piss you off???” This manager was willing to take away this individual’s source of income immediately. With a chuckle and smiling, the manager’s response was, “It’s my decision to let you go, and yes, even though out of all the others that make mistakes, it’s because I can choose to do so.”
” The employee hearing the chuckles, feeling insult had been add to injury(knowing they’ve never slacked off), asked. “Why are you laughing, this isn’t funny for me.” In turn the Manager replied “Leave now, or I’ll get someone to escort you off the premises!” Another Office Personnel, witnessing the events chimed in saying. “We don’t have to explain, this is a “Work At-Will State,” grabbing the written notification from the employee refusing to give a copy of the complaint at that time, quite candidly remarking, “that a copy can be obtained at a later time from HR!”
With that the employee still trying to comprehend the chain of events that had taken place so rapidly, proceeded to leave the inner office without haste, only to have another staff member, which had been assigned to escort this individual out, run to catch up, asking “what is going on?” “I’ve just been told to make sure you leave, but you’ve finished your work for the allotted time?” The “fired” employee’s response was, “I have a 99% of 100% accuracy rate doing the runs at 3 seconds per car, and I’ve been fired.”
Take note now. This person is titled in a “waiting to be engaged” job position, in which the manager, did not inform the employee before clocking in that morning about her impending decision, but did so after the employee had completed the 4 hour period. Is it that playing by the rules is no longer applicable? As this person always showed up when others called out on short notice, was punctual, focused on the task at hand, meticulous and efficient.
If anyone knows and understands the definition of a “waiting to be engaged” employee is as phrased by the U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #22, it is quite clear what took place here.
It is obvious this may have been more like an “ego” or “power” move on the manager’s part then anything. The frequency of stories like this, leave the impression that it seems members of society have become so smug and comfortable and insensitive in their managerial status, that they give no regard to perhaps “remembering when one encroaches on another out of “ego” that there just might be in the hierarchy a “boss” that they will encounter and reciprocate in the same manner as the manager had with this employee. Karma anyone?
Or maybe, this Manager forgot they are not the CEO, they too are a “Work-At-Will” employee on the totem pole? You think? Or maybe the Manager in that moment of what they believed to be exerting their power forgot “human respect and dignity for a fellow being?” I still remember the old-timer’s teachings “no matter how “JUSTIFIED” ONE MAY FEEL.” DO NOT EVER DO THIS:-
Amazing when music opens channels that are sometimes closed due to the inner noise of the world in our every day goings on.
What is it, that an instrument of such simplicity can invoke within stirring the soul? Perhaps it is the player with each stroke, imparts to the instrument such energy that transcends beyond words. Or maybe the player and the instrument have become one? Can it all be referred to as harmonic energy dancing in sweet vibration?
Music is to me “a tuning of collective energy that bounces off of each wave finding its own sound of balance against the backdrop of life.”
Maybe the chords of music speak to you as well, whispering a story to your soul.
My day began with a certain stillness, yet my thoughts were scattered, as a feeling of disarray washed over me. I knew at that moment much of what I set out to accomplish hung in the balance. I began to ask myself, where and why did these feelings seem to demand my attention?
I got the impulse to just STOP! As silent as it was in the room, the place I was reaching for was solace. Maybe in a place of solace, would be the answer to finding some sort of order to my thoughts.
So there I was, waiting first, for the answer to why my thoughts felt so scattered. No sooner had I asked that question of myself it became clear, it was information overload, fear that I would not meet my financial deadlines. It was like watching letters scattered without any congruence. That was it! My thoughts had no congruity. Like a train with wheels unable to fit inside the track, ready to derail.
Where and how was I to find some type of resolve or order within?
Strange as it may seem, “music” was the word uttered from my lips. As if some great force of intense magnitude were guiding me, I surely felt music was out of the question. Just the thought of hearing someone singing, well just would not go well for me. At that very moment I was compelled to check my email. Email it is, as I had no idea the genre of music or even the artist for that matter.
I proceeded to open and sort priority messages, which briefly eased the feeling of disarray, to discover something very unusual. There in the inbox among the various emails, the word evolution in the subject line caught my eye. No more had I’d clicked the link, a music video popped up.
Music! The title “View From Within“ seemed appropriate. Why not. Everything else wasn’t making any sense, then or second thought could this be synchronicity? If it was, I was curious. Could this be the reason I had gone to my email? Well I guess when you go looking for answers to any given situation, they have a strange way of showing up. At least this wasn’t so bad.
This day appeared to be taking its own course, unlike anything I had imagined.
With the answers unveiled without any conscious thinking on my part, its like the events of the day had come to direct me, give me peace of mind in music, soothing my scattered thoughts, transitioning me for the unplanned, only to later discover a gift of “tools.” Tools that shed light on the intricacies of the mind.
It is my earnest belief, it was in asking, listening and allowing “from within” that helped me to discover “a place of solace” today. Could it be… that in each new dawn, amidst life’s conflicts, even those within ourselves, gifts are being offered up to us in the most indescribable ways?
“From Within” comes “A Place of Solace” is a post from Carlye’s Expressions
“Inciters to action; inducers of feelings; symbol of mental states, and reproducers of words, words, words…mental states-despise them not; sneer not at them, for they have brought down the mightiest of minds, when properly used. Even when written their potency is great.”
The Secret of Mental Magic 1912 by William Walter Atkinson