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was one of the
pleasures of paradise,
happy without it.
I believe that earning
your living doing something you enjoy is one
of the very
ways to nourish yourself. But even if you are
at something that is not your
ideal work, it is
important to find ways
to take as much pleasure in it as
possible. Living in the present moment
can make ordinary
activities more interesting and joyful;
you may be
if you only look, at what you will find. If
you try to stay
connected with why
you are doing what you
are doing, for example, then even the
parts of your life
that aren't especially interesting can become more
to be lived. If you have to support yourself,
better find some way
that is going to be
interesting. And you
by sitting around
wondering about yourself.
perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is
in his or her job for the job's sake. The difference is that if that
one person in a thousand
is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately
his job; if she is a woman,
we say she is a freak.
Dorothy L. Sayers
One of the symptoms of approaching nervous
breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly
important, and that to take a holiday
kinds of disaster. If I were a medical man,
a holiday to any patient who considered
his or her work important.
They who labor diligently need
for all things are accomplished by
diligence and labor.
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nourishes the soul. All the creatures of the universe are
busy doing work,
and we honor life when we work. The type of
work is not important: the fact of the work is. All
the soul if it is honest and done
to the best
of our abilities
and if it brings joy to others.
spend your life doing what you love to do, you are
your Soul. It matters not what you do, only
that you love
happen to do. Some of the
happiest people I've known
have been nannies,
and housekeepers. They put their hearts
into their work,
they used the work itself as a vehicle to nourish
their Souls. I've known
other people with more
prestigious professions who absolutely
jobs. What good is it to be a doctor or a professional if you
genuinely love what you do? Working in a job you
do not love
does nothing to nourish your Soul.
No race can prosper
till it learns that there is
as much dignity in tilling a
field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington
As one woman told me, "When
I decided to come in to work happy, everybody
around me became happy." This woman
had decided to quit a job she hated,
and on the
last day of her two weeks' notice, she woke up
happy. At the end
of the day, she noticed
that everybody around her was happy, too--
didn't quit after all. She decided to come
to work happy instead.
Two years later, she's
still on the job, radiating happiness and love.
Prescriptions for Living
If one is called to be a street sweeper,
one should sweep the
even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven
or Shakespeare wrote poetry. One should
sweep the streets so well
that all the hosts of heaven
and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his
or her job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
highest reward for people's toil is not what
they get for
it, but what they become by it.
|I'm very blessed to be able to do work
that I love. I teach college writing, and I have a great
time doing so, for I'm able to see the progress that
people are making in my classes as the semester goes on. It's very rewarding, and it's extremely enjoyable.
not making a great living at it, but we make ends meet,
and I end up getting a lot of time to do other things I
love, such as going for walks, running, swimming, reading,
working on a website--activities that help me to grow
and to appreciate life even more.
But I haven't always had this kind of job.
McDonald's, Taco Bell, the Army, Avis Rent-a-Car--I've
had jobs that in themselves didn't give me any
satisfaction at all. Doing the same thing day in and day
out isn't exactly conducive to growth, especially when
you never actually see end results: as soon as you put up
twelve hamburgers, they need twelve more. In this type of
job, it's always been important to me to do two things to
get the most out of it: focus on people, and doing my
best to excel. If I focused on my co-workers and
customers, I found that I was able to appreciate the work
more. I know how much I appreciate a hamburger when I'm
hungry, so I knew that I was filling a need when I worked
at McDonald's. And my co-workers were also rushed and
tired, so if I could make things easier for them, the job
I did became more significant.
I didn't care about being the best at what I
did; I just cared about doing the best I could. I found
that when I was working on improving my skills (cutting
three seconds off the time I needed to make six Big Macs),
the job became different--I had to look at it
analytically, I had to see things in a different way and
focus on the process, not just the end result. Doing so
made the job even enjoyable at times.
Bernie Siegel writes about a woman who hated
her job so much that she was going to quit. On her last
day, she woke up very happy, and she took that happiness
into work with her. Because she was so happy (for a
change), the people she worked with treated her
differently, and she found that she actually enjoyed work
that day. She ended up not quitting, and she enjoyed her
job--the same one--for many years after. Her attitude
towards her job determined the way she felt at work.
As Kuebler-Ross states above, many people
are very happy in jobs that others look down upon--I've
known happy secretaries, salespeople, maids, and army
sergeants, and they didn't care one bit what others felt
about the work they were doing--they loved their work,
and they did it to the best of their abilities. A
prestigious or well paying job doesn't lead to happiness. I know an executive whose salary is in the mid-six
figures, yet this person is constantly stressed out, has
no free time, and just spent a great deal of time in the
hospital for stress-related surgery. The new 'vette sits
in the garage, rarely driven because he doesn't want to
scratch it. The humidifier keeps the paint job on the car looking
nice. We recently visited him and his wife for two days,
and I can't recall seeing him smile. They don't even use
some of the rooms in their huge house. A very nice person,
but I didn't feel any happiness or joy of life when we
Find work you love (but don't hurry and rush
into it). Do the best you can at it. Let yourself enjoy
every day at work, every task that you have to accomplish,
and you'll find that getting up in the morning becomes a
pleasure, and coming home from work isn't such a great
relief--it's going from one place you like to another.
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What we accomplish in a day depends
upon the way in which we approach our tasks.
accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade
with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.
When we do our work with a dynamic, conquering spirit, we
get things done.
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by most people because it
is dressed in
and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison
Manual labor to my father was not only
and decent for its own sake,
but as he was given to
it straightened out one's thoughts.
Mary Ellen Chase
get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something,
one is being paid for it
and one is the
I haven't just been sitting on my ass all
William F. Buckley
sure that the career you choose is one you
enjoy. If you don't
enjoy what you are doing,
it will be difficult to give the extra time,
effort and devotion it takes to be a success.
|If you don't want to
work, you have to work to earn
enough money so that you won't have to
your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
business success was probably never attained by chasing the dollar,
but is due to pride in one's work, the pride that makes business an
is creativity accompanied by the comforting realization
that one is bringing forth something really good and necessary,
with a conviction that a sudden, arbitrary cessation
would cause a sensitive void, produce a loss.
kind of work we do does not make us holy but we may make
it holy. However “sacred” a calling may be, as it is a calling, it
no power to sanctify;
but rather as we are and have the divine
being within, we bless each task we do,
be it eating, or sleeping,
watching, or any other. Whatever they do,
not much of God’s nature, they
work in vain.
secret of joy in work is contained in one word--excellence.
To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
We work to become, not to acquire.
I think I find most help in trying to look on all
interruptions and hindrances
to work that one has planned out for oneself as discipline, trials
sent by God
to help one against getting selfish over one’s work.
Then one can feel that
perhaps one’s true work—one’s work for God—consists in doing
trifling haphazard thing that has been thrown into one’s day. It is not a waste
of time, as one is tempted to think; it is the most important part of
of the day—the part one can best offer to God.
After such a hindrance,
do not rush after the planned work; trust that the time to finish it
given sometime, and keep a quiet heart about it.
bring one’s self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy
to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously
is the one big battle that everyone has.
When this battle is won
for all time, then everything is easy.
Thomas A. Buckner
which accompany the working day will be conquered
on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God.
demanded by work, become easier and simpler where they are
made not in the fear of people, but only in the sight of God.
He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work.
try not to panic, to keep my standard of living modest and
to work steadily, even shyly, in the spirit of those medieval carvers
who so fondly sculpted the undersides of choir seats.
God sells us all
at the price of labor.
Leonardo da Vinci
By thinking the right
thoughts, you can make any job less distasteful. Your boss
wants you to be interested in your job so that he or she will make
But let's forget about what the boss wants. Think only of what
getting interested in
your job will do for you. Remind yourself that it may double the
amount of happiness
you get out of life, for you spend about one half of your waking hours
at your work,
and if you don't find happiness in your work, you may never find it
reminding yourself that getting interested in your job will take your
mind off your worries,
and, in the long run, will probably bring promotion and increased
pay. Even if it doesn't
do that, it will reduce fatigue to a minimum and help you enjoy your
hours of leisure.
|Few persons realize how much of
their happiness is dependent upon
their work, upon the fact that they are busy and not left to feed upon
themselves. Blessed is the person who has some congenial work,
some occupation in which to place one's heart, and which affords
a complete outlet to all the forces that are in him or her.
reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
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There's no labor we can do that's
undignified, if we do it right.
not matter what your work is on the earth. What does
matter is that you do your work with all your heart
and with all your strength and all your mind.
Whenever it is
possible, people should choose some occupation
should do even if they did not need the money.
William Lyon Phelps
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|It is the experience of those
who have tried it, that working from a
sense of duty, working for the work's sake, working as a service,
instead of for a living, or to make money, or in order to hoard
up wealth, brings blessings into the life.
Henry T. Hamblin
be content with any job, however thankless, in any quarter,
however remote, if I had the chance of making a corner of the
desert blossom and a solitary place glad.
One of the
symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
occupation while in your physical body, remember it is a
form of service. However humble or even humdrum your work may be
to you, it is your special appointment, and through your work on earth
you can make your contribution to the happiness of all.
Do not undertake more than you can
accomplish. The unhappiness of
life lies in the fret of it; not in its work, but in its worry. Good, strong
well-ordered work never killed a man; but the worry of it, the loading
up of an hour with two hours' work, the loading up of an evening with
too many engagements, being avaricious of pleasure and greedy of
delight, will make us unhappy. Joy ceases to be joy when
it is not conveniently handled and easily carried.
Thomas R. Slicer