I’m fortunate enough to have just got a job working in a beautiful historic property run by English Heritage. I work in idyllic surroundings: nature-filled woodland, panoramic vistas, at least two giant oak trees I’ve discovered so far, and the thousand-year-old property itself. I think it will be very easy to be spiritual at work, and to get spiritual fulfilment from my work, which I haven’t found in previous jobs.
One thing I find crucial about employment, and life in general, is that I must feel I am helping others and somehow making the world a bit of a better place. It can be hard sometimes, especially in retail, to get that kind of fulfilment and enjoyment when you might not believe in the things you’re selling or might spend entire shifts under florescent lighting. It was wonderful to be surrounded by people who seemed really passionate and enthusiastic about their work, the company’s conservation and heritage work, and I think the environment is no small part of that.
On a personal note, I was really pleased to be able to come out to a couple of people as Pagan during my training, which is something I’ve previously struggled with. I would eventually like to be able to speak openly and joyfully about my faith, so this was a good first step.