new job inspiration
- Hello everyone,
I just wanted to share something good and inspiring that
happened to me in the past few months. I changed jobs. I have
been working in a health food store for the past 3.5 years,
but this summer I received the inspiration to venture into a
different career - that of a freelance journalist.
About a year ago I wrote an article about Sri Chinmoy's
weightlifting for a fitness magazine, which got published. It
gave me tremendous joy. In June I stumbled upon a website
(http://www.absolutewrite.com) which specialises in tips and
hints for budding writers who want to make a living out of
their craft. At about the same time I watched the documentary
The Secret, which gave me the inspiration to dive into the
unknown and try my luck as a freelance journalist.
I started calling magazines to pitch some ideas, which were
initially politely rejected. Then after coming back from the
August celebrations and spending time with Sri Chinmoy, I
picked up where I left off earlier. This time it was as if
the doors were suddenly thrown open wide. Almost every call I
made landed me an assignment! I wrote for a popular science
magazine, a running magazine, a horse magazine, the same
fitness magazine and an airplane magazine. Two of those
stories involved Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting and the article
for the running magazine featured the 3100 mile race, which
is organized by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.
I had the luck (or rather, 'Grace') that I came in contact
with a freelance journalist whose work I admired. I asked him
a few questions to help me get started and sent him the
article I wrote earlier about Sri Chinmoy. He liked it. It
turned out he was just changing from magazines to writing for
television. As it happened, he recommended me to his editors
and I was able to take over his place at a magazine he was
writing for. He is offering me the same deal for a few other
magazines as well. Talk about cosmic timing! (definitely not
I've almost made the step to being a full-time journalist. It
is giving me boundless joy and I am sincerely grateful to Sri
Chinmoy's inner inspiration and encouragement, which I have
felt tangibly in entering into this new adventure. I'm also
planning to move back to Amsterdam, which is the city of my
heart and soul; it feels like the right thing to do.
It's amazing for me to see that once you are following the
voice of your soul, everything is so perfectly arranged. It's
just a matter of surrendering to the flow, moving with the
waves and finding yourself washed up on a beautiful shore...
Following dreams can be a risky and uncertain business, but I
highly recommend it.
- Hi Abhinabha,
With great interest I read your post on your new job as a journalist.
As a former journalist and editor I can fully sympathize with your
activities and wish you much success. Keep us posted about your projects!
- Thanks for the encouragement, Kedar. I just had an article accepted by
a magazine called "H2O" (guess in which that specializes...). I did an
interview with a guy from my centre, Kajetan, who is a financial
analyst and an initiator of a water fund at his bank. We did the
interview in Goose Pond Park of all places! Dressed in whites. The
editor would never believe it if I told him. :-)
It's great having this international network of Sri Chinmoy's
students. So many people with interesting stories to tell. Freelance
journalism is all about "networking" as some people say.
When I was about 10 years old my grandfolks used to ask me what I
wanted to be when I grew up. I always told them "a journalist". No
idea why I said that. Finally it's starting to make sense...
"Go back to your childhood's
You will be able to expedite
The fulfilment of your life's realities."
- Thank you, Abhinabha, for sharing the joys of your new
career. After 5 comfortable years at my job I am
considering the earth-shattering possibility of
leaving secure, paid, full-time work to return to
college and achieve my bachelor's degree. This at the
"advanced" age of 35, no spring chicken like the
throngs I saw when I went to pick up a catalog.
I have worked very hard over the years to achieve a
level of material comfort and general stability, after
a poor & turbulent upbringing. To leave now, even to
fulfill this long-deferred dream I am excited but a
little frightened. I will keep your post nearby to
cheer me on. Also, you are the third of fourth person
lately to recommend "The Secret"; I think I may have
to go see what this is all about.
- Dear Tristesse,
I admire your courage and wish you all the best in following your
heart's dreams. I am convinced that it can only lead to good things in
the long run. If my post gave you some inspiration or encouragement I
am both happy and grateful for it. As for your age, I don't think it
really is that important. "Age is in the mind and not in the heart"
somebody very wise once said. :-)
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, clairegaian
> Thank you, Abhinabha, for sharing the joys of your new
> career. After 5 comfortable years at my job I am
> considering the earth-shattering possibility of
> leaving secure, paid, full-time work to return to
> college and achieve my bachelor's degree. This at the
> "advanced" age of 35, no spring chicken like the
> throngs I saw when I went to pick up a catalog.
> I have worked very hard over the years to achieve a
> level of material comfort and general stability, after
> a poor & turbulent upbringing. To leave now, even to
> fulfill this long-deferred dream I am excited but a
> little frightened. I will keep your post nearby to
> cheer me on. Also, you are the third of fourth person
> lately to recommend "The Secret"; I think I may have
> to go see what this is all about.