CHOICES FOR THE SOUL HAĪBUN, by Brenda Davis Harsham

Some exciting news! One of my posts was chosen to be published on Better Endings, as an inspiring story. I am thrilled! The author seeks submission of inspiring stories to guest on her blog, and she is an anthropology professor who has written a book on life mapping.

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The church is near but the road is all ice;

the tavern is far but I’ll walk very carefully.

Russian Proverb

Years ago, I was working for a minimal salary. My net pay barely covered the expenses of professional clothing, commuting, food and rent. I worked very hard the first year, trying to be the perfect employee, working quickly, seeking extra work, hoping I would earn a big raise. I slid sideways into debt when my car was totaled in an accident and my cat needed expensive medicine.

When I got my review, it was lukewarm, with no acknowledgement of my efforts and a minimal raise, not even keeping pace with inflation. I had a meeting with my boss, and I asked him if he was unhappy with my work. He said no.

“Did I forget any tasks you gave me or do them wrong? Was I too slow?”


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6 thoughts on “CHOICES FOR THE SOUL HAĪBUN, by Brenda Davis Harsham

  1. Lovely story Brenda.

    Reminds me of the quote of Howard Thurman…

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


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