William Shatner wrote a book about one of my favorite people on the planet. It’s called Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man. Leonard Nimoy of course is the man.
I started reading the book last night. Just into the second chapter Shatner shares a story about Leonard and Leonard’s son Adam. Adam got an offer to do an independent production, pretty soon after leaving his legal practice to become a director. He really questioned doing it, said it felt like a step back for him. He was going to let the offer pass he decided. When his father heard about it he had some advice for his son.
(This is taken from pages 19 & 20 in the book) ‘Do you have another offer to do something else?’ [Adam] didn’t. ‘Well then, take the job. You take the job because you need the job. You don’t want any down time. And number 2, I guarantee you, you will either learn something from that job or you’ll meet somebody on that job who’s going to help you. You take the job. Don’t turn down work if you don’t have work to replace it.’
[Shatner adds] ‘If there’s an actor’s mantra that is it: take the job. We all live by that, although for a long time most of us didn’t live very well by it.’
It’s funny how God talks to me. I don’t get the big biblical types of things like burning bushes or fingers writing on walls. So far angels haven’t shown up at any event in my life and sung about it to the bystanders. I get something simple, something some of you may get as well. I get a small, quiet voice whispering in my heart. It talks to me when I’m out walking near water or sometimes when I’m watching movies. I can hear it when I’m listening to music or someone sharing an inspirational speech. Last night I heard the voice when I was reading this book.
The thing that actors do, “Take the job,” it is a thing that I have been doing for most of my life. When I was a kid I cleaned houses for $3 a day. I raked up pine needles and sold them for mulch. I hand sewed doll clothes and sold them for a SASE and a one dollar bill. Extra points if you remember what an SASE is. In other words, whatever it was I could find or create to do….I took the job. I might not have had the most money in my pocket, but I worked hard to put some money in it.
As an adult I have often called myself the queen of part time jobs. I have worked a lot during my life. I just don’t seem to keep the same job for very long. The average is about 5 years. Sometimes it’s been a little more, sometimes a little less. But it never failed that transition would hit me, and I would start looking for the next thing to do. Sometimes I worked myself out of jobs, some times I was moved out of promised positions and pushed out of jobs. Whatever the cause, I picked up and moved on, finding the next career to throw myself into.
Very recently I have decided that I want to do more sewing. I really seem to enjoy it the most of the many branches I have in my business. I’m not selling much yet, but I am beginning to make things. A while back I made a promise that I have never gotten around to fulfilling. This particular promise was to God. I wanted to make a bunch of dolls, 50 to be exact. I would then give the dolls to a charity that would share them with children. It’s not a promise I have completely forgotten about, it pops up in my memory every so often. Apparently I am being reminded so that I can say I am a person that keeps her word. I had a personal lesson in that recently and I know it matters, not just to me but to God too. I’m glad I don’t know the God that gets angry over forgotten promises. He’s not lashing out at me and making me prove anything. He is just patiently reminding me of that promise because He has a purpose for it. The reminder last night was, “Will you take the job? Will you make these dolls for children to love? Will you give them something to hold when maybe everything they’ve held onto has been taken away from them? Will you put some love and peace and tender hugs and gentle kisses in with every stitch? Will you take the job?”
“Someone” has offered me a job, and honestly it might feel like a step back for me, making baby dolls for a charity. But at the moment I actually have some extra time in my schedule, I don’t have work to replace it. So yes. Yes. I will take this job. I will either learn something from the doing of it, or I will meet someone that is going to help me with something else. I have often felt like Leonard Nimoy was a sage advisor for me throughout much of my life. I like that my understanding of this came through him.
So yes God, I’ll take the job. Show me where the cloth is that I have to make them, and I will do it. It’s been in my heart for a while. Yes, I’ll take the job.