Everything is work. There are few jobs that are fundamentally “easier” than others, whether by virtue of manual labor or brain-power. There is only finding a job that suits you enough that the work doesn’t feel excruciating. There is only finding what you are skilled at, then learning to be thankful.
The real joy of daily work is in what we have to give. We are not fulfilled by what we can seek to please us, but what we can build and offer. It is not fame, or money, or recognition that makes for a thoroughly meaningful life, it is how we put our gifts to use. It is how we give.
Your gifts are not random, they are a blueprint for your destiny. There’s more to your life than just what you think will make you happy.
Your real talents may not stroke your ego as much, but if you apply to them the kind of higher thinking that allows you to find the purpose within them, you will be able to get up every single day and work diligently, not because you are stoking your senses and stroking your ego, but because you are using what you have.
We’re doing people an incredible disservice by telling them they should seek, and pursue, what they love. We usually can’t differentiate what they really love and what they love the idea of.
So for now, forget what you love to do and get a better perspective of what you have and use what you have to build people and even build yourself. And when you get to do what you really love someday, then good for you. But for now, use what you have and work diligently.
There are seasons in our lives that we get to do what we love to do.
There are also seasons in our lives that we get to do what needs to be done because that is what is necessary for now – no matter how short or long that ‘now’ is.
You can choose what you love to do, simply by how you think of it and what you focus on.
The real joy of daily work is in choosing where our mind goes while we work.
Let’s choose better today.