I’ve often struggled with my career choice because of its superficial nature. In a world where poverty, disease, and war are prevalent, what real good does my work do? I contented myself to donate as much as I can and know that as my business grows, I will be able to do more. One of my goals is to be able to employ skilled artisans in third world countries for living wages, and provide a safe, comfortable world environment for them. Ideally, they’d also get paid hours to use the facilities, and design their own work. Maybe a few will be able to grow their own dreams from this opportunity.
I drive myself hard, not just for my future, but the imagined dreams of my future employees. Every day I work is one day closer to changing lives for the better. But on a day to day basis, it’s hard to see what good comes from my work. Who really benefits from a pretty bauble?
So I thought about why we wear pretty things. Why we have a favorite pair of jeans, or a favorite ring. Because wearing it makes us feel good. I don’t know about you, but when I feel good, I treat people better. I laugh more, forgive more, go out of my way to help more. And if I can create jewelry that makes people feel better, and treat others well, then it’s a worthy occupation. It’s not as dramatic as being a first responder, or an inner city teacher, but it does create a little kindness in the world.