What Do you do? — Rumi’s answer
What do we do?
We love life
This is our full time job
Like diligent farmers,
we sow seeds of kindness wherever we go
Please don’t ask us to be
accountants of wine cups
We are worshippers of the Wine — Rumi
It might just be the sense of separation from the divine and each other, that leaves us vulnerable and susceptible to identifying with strange and if you really look at it, arbitrary accessories like our looks and our work and wealth.
Because we are convinced that we are cut off from the munificent source of life, we then become hungry ghosts, both unable to partake from the infinite and protective of our paltry belongings and identity. “What do you do for a living?” then becomes either a mercenary question to weed out those who cannot benefit us, or a question we abhor because it affirms our utter smallness and insignificance.
When our perspective changes and we can embody both the timeless and temporal aspects of our being and all of life, then our sense of identity also changes. So when someone asks: “What do you do for a living?” The feeling of this verse is in our heart and guides our answer: “We are worshippers of the Wine/ Not accountants of wine cups”