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Love Work

I used to dislike to work. I saw how most people lived their lives, slogging through work that they hated, and I was determined not to fall into that trap. I made the mistake of generalizing, lumping all work together in the same bucket.

Since then, things have changed. In terms of monumental personal life changes, becoming a hard worker is the most recent one I've undergone. About a year ago, for reasons I touched on in this post, I decided that it was imperative for me to become a hard worker. I didn't do it because I had suddenly fallen in love with work, but rather because I had began to feel as though I was behind. And believe me, it wasn't love at first sight.

To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it's necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work-- if you don't know why you have to work hard and love it, you'll probably never actually do it.

Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it's true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We're lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don't notice, like the janitors, are making your life better.

Thought of the Week: Keeping Watch

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Constant vigilance.  I feel like this is something we must all keep--a faithful, undeterred watch over ourselves.  I've had several times in my life when I feel as if I lost myself in the fray of everyday living--a busy 40-hour work schedule, endless to-do lists, doing more for others and increasingly less for oneself. 

First of all, there seems to be such a premium for selflessness.  If we constantly do unto others, then we are kind and chivalrous.  I don't disagree with this, but I believe we could do better by doing unto others AND ourselves.

Secondly, it's so easy to abide so strictly to one's priorities that everything becomes more of a chore.  Things that once were fun and meaningful devolve into shear drudgery.  Our true needs and desires somehow eventually get lost in the shuffle.

For myself, this week continues to be one of the most hectic I've had in a while.  In spite of the fact that I will be off from my day job in the next couple of days, my schedule will reach its most frenetic during this time.  (I can't wait for this week to be over!)  I'm not doing so badly right now though.  Past experience has taught me a few things that I try to live by with a vengeance.  I list them here now in hopes that they might be of assistance to you. 

1.  Whether it's just ten minutes or two hours, take some time every day to do nothing and decompress just a little.  Turn off the radar (and your cell phone too, for that matter), and just relax.  Personally, I like to fit in a little power nap on particularly hectic days.  Doing this helps me pace myself better in order to get me through what I need to do. 

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