“Final Notification” it said on the outside of the envelope, with the words in all caps and red letters.
Plus, “final” was underscored.
It may surprise you to hear that the response was a sigh of relief.
How come, you ask?
The envelope contained a sales pitch from a life insurance company with which there had been no previous dealings, just lots of mailings from them over the years.
Did “Final Notification” mean the pitches were at last to stop? How wonderful!
Every kind of tactic under the Sun is employed these days to get us to buy something we may not want and might well be better without.
It seems that using manipulation is how just about everybody in the corporate world believes we have to do business if we are to succeed.
What a world of difference there is when, if we have something we believe might be valuable to others—quite different from something we concocted just to make money—we simply put it out there with no more enticement than factual information, merely letting people know what we have to offer and how it might benefit them.
When Presence guides us, no manipulation is required.
If we wish to be conscious in our business life, it’s worth asking whether our “marketing” of ourselves is simply letting people know of a product or service, or whether it’s trying any which way we can to get them to buy.
Consciousness dictates that there’s a much better way than our world’s current deceptive tactics. It’s simply a matter of showing up, making our statement, and then allowing people the freedom to make their choice.
How different the business world would be if this were how everyone functioned.
It’s also the case that many of us wouldn’t have lost so many friends who bought into various forms of marketing and did their utmost to persuade us that this was also the way for us to make a killing.
It’s always fascinating how schemes of this sort, which for a select number do bring in a great deal of money, tout how it will be possible to laze around the swimming pool drinking cocktails instead of going to an office or factory each day.
Is our goal in life to get rich so we can do nothing? In which case we are missing what life is all about.
In our working life, are we coming from consciousness, showing up to serve humanity? Or are we coming from narcissism and greed?
Life isn’t about taking it easy and making money. Life is about being true to who we are—which may or may not provide us with an abundance of material comforts.
As a wise person said once, our life doesn’t consist of the number of possessions we have. And if we already have a big barn that’s full, but there’s still so much more coming to us, the smart thing isn’t to build a bigger barn so we can hoard, but to share.
If greed weren’t driving so much of modern business but rather a desire to contribute our gifts for the common good, one in every seven Americans wouldn’t be living in poverty today—let alone all the poverty that stalks less economically fortunate parts of the planet.
If money and “success” weren’t our motivators, but the desire to express who we are as the self-manifestation of universal consciousness, we wouldn’t be asking what the “going rate” of pay for a job is so we can pay as little as possible. Instead of trying to see how little we can get away with remunerating our employees, we’d be asking ourselves how much we can afford to reward them.
If serving and caring and loving were our approach, we’d be living in a world with no poverty, little crime, and prosperity everywhere.
It’s time to call “Final Notification” on the kind of approach to business and work that isn’t about serving others, only about serving ourselves.