June 29, 2009

Throw Yourself Like Seed Into Your Work

…but to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts is the work; start then, turn to the work. — Miguel de Unamuno

The very thing that can turn a life around gets a bad rap in this world sometimes.

I’m talking about work.

“I wish I didn’t have to go to work today.” “It’s just a job.” “I hate this job.” “This is hard work.” “He works too much.”

You’re either getting ready for work, working, or looking for work at this moment. Funny how much we miss it when we don’t have it.

Sure we miss the money. But what we really miss, deep down, is being of use.

Work is the opportunity to be of use, and how we do the work before us says lot about our principles, our beliefs, and our understanding of how value is exchanged in the world.

You can decide that work is a burden to be born. You can put it on like a heavy yoke and lumber through the day like some hard-driven animal. And at day’s end you can go home, sit down with a drink, and itemize all the things that went wrong during the day. You can dig the rut all day long.

Or…

You can decide to throw yourself like seed into your work. You can let your Light illuminate the work environment, and in so doing accomplish far more than the day’s tasks.

You can learn all there is to know about yourself by giving yourself to the work.

You can find what you do consistently well as you work, and find a rhythmic ease that can heal and transform you.

Have you found yourself in a job you hate? What if the reason is what you choose to believe about the work? What if the story you tell yourself about your job is the thing that keeps you miserable about it?

That’s not to say you have to endure abuse, poor working conditions, or a situation that isn’t the best fit. But even then you can find some peace in the work while you seek more congruent employment.

And what if you are unemployed? What then? You must engage the world with faith that you can respond appropriately to any situation. What hurts the most about being unemployed isn’t the lack of income. It’s believing that we’re no longer useful.

That’s hogwash.

While you seek a paying job, find some simple task you can do that is useful to someone. Volunteer. Fix the gate that’s off the hinges in your back yard. Help a neighbor. Help a friend.

Make it your priority to be of use. Often you’ll find the solution to your unemployment problem staring you straight in the face.

Throw yourself like seed into your work. Watch your life grow.

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