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Love Your Work, Even If It’s Still Work

It’s been a tough concept for me to grasp since I first read Gibran’s The Prophet, that one must love their work.

You’re kidding, right?

When I was a kid, I thought I’d grow up and be a prima ballerina and dance my little heart out. That dream persisted a while. When I got into high school, I toyed with many artistic (and a few holistic) career paths , as long as I got to create. When I finished university, I was heading out into the world to be a reporter and “finally be free”, and tell the truth. Life had other plans for me, but the great Spirit has a sense of humour.

It took me 10 years to realize I would never truly be fulfilled in an office and figure out what I could do to use my talents, help people and “find fulfillment” in my work. I was looking for answers instead of listening to the ones my heart was whispering all along. But in a sense, I needed these experiences to walk my current path.

Find A Challenge You Love

Let me say this: it doesn’t have to be your passion.  Making your life’s work your passion is an incredible gift, but it doesn’t have to be the same way for everyone. Not everyone wants that. Your career (and your work), if you chose to work in this paradigm, does not have to be based on your passion. But you should enjoy the topic of your work and the way in which you are challenged. If you build a career, you should be excited about the direction in which you’re journeying, at a pace you find gratifying.

I’ve recently been given a great gift. I’ve come to realize that loving work should feel challenging, not oppressing. This isn’t an exact science. A task will be loving work for one person, while it will be someone else’s torture. It’s about whether or not you feel excited and challenged.

I was recently working with someone and went through a few hiccups and misunderstandings. It’s normal. The gift came when I realized that despite the stress of the situation, I felt blessed to be working on this project, with this person. I felt challenged to improve. Although work doesn’t always make us feel happy and peaceful, it remains a valuable experience if it challenges us and helps our growth.

It’s harder to be grateful when we’re being criticized and undermined. Once we get over the emotion, we can choose our perspective. We can choose to grow.

There are definitely kinder ways to grow however.

Work is love made visible.fw

I encourage you to find an environment that provides you with projects that challenge you, with people you appreciate. If that’s not immediately possible, add a little love to one task, then your day, then your project and environment. The fastest way across is through. And the most rewarding way across is with love; for you, for others, for your current opportunity.

Craft a life of projects.

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Constantly challenge yourself professionally and personally. Make your life a series of loving projects. If you don’t love it, accept it and let it go. If you love it, give it your all and then let things take their course. Let go. Find a new project to love. You will feel enlivened by the love you feel for what you do, for what you’re creating.

How can you add more love to your work? In what ways have you found enjoyment in your work?

Craft a Life of Projects

Have you ever thought about your life as linear or seen yourself as a passive actor in your own life? Have you ever wondered the meaning behind a dark time in your life?

These questions occurred to me and I found that looking at my life with the eyes of a creator, of a project person, made me feel more empowered. Whether you want to keep things interesting, you want to keep learning, or you want to create freedom, then I encourage you to craft a life of projects.

I work best with a project format. It helps me focus and be present and fully experience something, a time in my life or a specific event. I always have something going on that I manage at my own pace. I don’t have to commit to it for an indeterminate period. I am challenged, I learn and I accomplish. Then, I get to change it up. I get to move on or walk away when things do not serve or honour me. It’s a truly freeing and mindful way to approach my life.

Although I have habits and a semblance of a routine, I do not do well without change. I need it. I expect it. Most likely because it happens anyway. But I crave the kind of change that stimulates my spirit. That’s also why, for instance, my career history as a Gen Y contractor has worked to my advantage. I got to sample many jobs and experiences and know myself better.

In my twenties, I look back to many projects that highlighted lessons; my university degree versus learning, my communications career versus my calling, my relationships (some breakups, some amazing friendships, and mending family ties) and my (holistic) health.

University and journalism were my first introductions to the working world. I learned about fitting in and standing out, working hard and sometimes not getting rewarded or recognized. I learned about knowledge and wisdom, excitement and disappointment. I learned the difference between ability, experience and passion.

On a personal level, I’ve reconnected with inner longings, such as dance (vitality), reiki (service) and writing. For a while, I created the “swing dance” project in my life when I focused on learning partnership and competing. I also had my “health intervention” project; a time in my life when I was sick and burned out and decided to teach myself how to care for my health through yoga, food, rest and boundaries. Now, I’m working on my “setting sail for my purpose” project.  It’s a big scary adventure and I don’t know every wave, storm or shore, but it’s a journey I’m on. It started with this blog.

“I found that looking at my life with the eyes of a creator, of a project person, empowered me.” ― Bright Star Mercedes   brightstarwoman.com/blog

Our lives take different forms depending on our perspective.  There is a season for everything and a thing for every season. If we start appreciating where we are, which season we’re in, or the project we’re exploring if you will, then we can appreciate the true beauty of the life we’re living. If you see your life as the sum of all its incredible moments, its many seasons and its varied projects, you can appreciate change as much as being still. You start to understand each season’s purpose and you feel successful; this life is yours, every step of the way.

Seeing our lives as meaningful projects that teach us, that stimulate us, that we enjoy, helps us get in synch with nature’s cycles. We can co-create wonderful experiences and choose to learn valuable lessons by treating our lives as our unique work of art, composed of our many creative projects.

How have “projects” made your life more exciting or meaningful to you? Is there an unpleasant experience you could treat as a project to learn from?

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