July 11


Today's quotation:

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles:  find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it—every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

John D. Rockefeller III

Today's Meditation:

These are such simple lines here, but they're so difficult to follow and put into practice, especially when we talk about jobs and ways that we make our livings.  The simple fact is that most of us end up doing work that we've taken because it was there and available to us, whether or not it was work that we truly loved doing.  I can't even begin to count how many people I've talked to who are doing work that they don't love-- that they don't even like-- but who feel stuck where they are because they need to pay bills and to have money for all of the expenses in life.

Because they don't like what they're doing, what are the chances that they'll put everything they have into it?  Obviously, there's almost no chance at all that this will happen, which is quite a shame because they're in a vicious circle that will never end:  how can you even start to like a job that you're not willing to give everything to?

Many people find hobbies that they truly love, and they put their non-work hours into their hobbies, which is a great way to compromise.  Other people, though, just go along disliking what they do, and putting little to nothing into it.

I hope that if I ever end up doing work that holds absolutely no gratification for me, I'll be able to take the risk and quit it, and move on to something that brings me more of a sense of accomplishment.  I hope that I'll always be able to give all that I have to whatever work that I do.  Because if I don't, then I'll probably fall into the same trap that so many people fall into:  blaming my job, not my own lack of effort, for my dissatisfaction. 

Questions to consider:

How can we be sure that we put our effort into things that we truly love to do?

What are some of our options if we find ourselves doing something that holds no gratification at all for us?

How do we end up getting "trapped" doing things that we don't enjoy doing?

For further thought:

The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.

William R. Ingle

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