Work is supposed to be an extension of you. You reap what you sow; a direct link between effort and reward.
It’s in your nature to be productive, to make a contribution, to add value.
In days gone by, before the onset of industrialisation, there was a direct connection between the work you did and the value you both produced and received.
Work was never supposed to rob us of our humanity; work in essence; is supposed to help us sustain life, nothing more and nothing less.
Today it’s more about building wealth.
Marketers have very cleverly blurred the lines between needs and wants, so we often work for what we want (or think we want) and not for what we essentially need.
We live to work; not work to live.
We spend so much time at work that we very seldom stop to evaluate our connection to the work we do.
How would your life be different; if your whole approach to work was different?
The word ‘work’ has now even been replaced with the word ‘Job’, as if to fill a very specific role and function. ‘Job’ just sounds so much more mechanical.
We expect to live healthier and happier lives; without digging deep into fundamentally what that means and how it’s reflected in how we live our lives.
I’m not completely removed from reality, I know the world we live in and I’m not advocating that you go and quit your ’job’ right now.
Even if you feel stuck in a job that fundamentally doesn’t fulfil you, then you have a responsibility to try and restore the humanity to it.
Try and make it an extension of yourself and be grateful.
One thing we do know, constant complaining doesn’t change anything; it just makes life more bitter.
At least do that while you take the time to revaluate your connection with your vocation, your work, your calling.
When you feel the time is right; at that point don’t be afraid to start making those changes.
The point is to live your life with intention. If you don’t know how to do that; then ask – that’s what people like me are here for.