The idea here is that Loving what you do each day to advance your station in life is an honorable pursuit and worthy of pride in a job well done even if it is not exactly what you Love to do. It’s the attitude that you are making a living while you find your passion in a work of great impact and creativity you will share with the world.
The great Trappist monk Thomas Merton Observed “The world is full of unsuccessful businessmen who still secretly believe they were meant to be artists or writers or actors in the movies.” Merton exhorted others instead to find meaning in an imperfect moment. “Who is willing to be satisfied with a JOB that expresses all his limitations?” Merton asked. “He will accept such work only as a ‘means of livelihood’ while he waits to discover his ‘true vocation.'”
There is a place we are all working to get to and it’s not on any map. A family to grow, a business to build, a legacy to leave. What is your purpose? Your dream is your north star if you will to guide you in the direction of your life, your love, your difference to be made. Getting free starts in your mind as an ideal and you develop new behaviors to navigate the rough, stormy waters of a massive sea of confusion, hype and marketing noise to get to the castle that is your desire.
As people we don’t decide our future. We decide our habits and then our habits decide our future. It becomes apparent quickly that most of us get trapped in bad behaviors and poor choices because its easy to stay where we are familiar with surroundings and outcomes even when they are not what we actually want. It’s difficult to go against the flow unless we choose to acknowledge there could be a better and quicker way to get where we want to go. It will take a disciplined effort. And it is so worth it.
When we know what we are doing and why we are doing it then it is easy to see if a particular behavior or habit is advancing us to our desire. We can simply ask at every choice we are faced with “will this move me toward my goal or not?” Then we own our choice without excuse or hesitation, right or wrong, knowing it’s ours and admitting to ourselves why exactly we chose the way we did and acknowledge this as well. We made a choice weather it’s out of habit or weakness or addiction or whatever accept that we are human. We can make a different, better choice the next time.
We must be aware that Loving what we do is owning what we do and why we do it and taking that knowledge and improving on it to make better choices each day leading us closer to our dreams. This is how we will navigate to doing Work that matters and doing what we Love. Peace