Do Your Work from an Inner Spark of Joy
Today, your work, your tasks, are not your top priority.
Your State is your Top Priority.
How are you being, as you go about doing your tasks and your work?
Are you harried, anxious, and “just want to get it done”?
The quality of your work tends to match the quality of your being.
And, given that none of us have any guarantees of the results of our work — we can only control whether we do the work, and how we do it —why not do your work from joy… instead of anxiety, frustration, or boredom?
Why do we allow the quality of our life to be infused with negative feelings?
Your state is your top priority, because the only thing you can truly control is your inner life.
The quality of your life arises from the quality of your being.
The quality of your being arises from the quality of your daily practice.
Today, practice tapping into the spark of joy within you, and from there, do your work.
If you want some level of material comfort, you cannot escape from work.
Since your work must be done, the only thing left in your control is how you do the work.
You are working towards a better future, for your life, for your family, for the world, doing your best to make that happen. Yet, you have no guarantee your work today will actually contribute to that.
What you can dramatically control is how you feel as you do your work.
You are always practicing how you do your work. Most of us are never taught how to practice well. We’re only taught to “work hard” which we imagine to be something like having a scowl on our face, tense shoulders, short shallow breaths, and inner suffering.
In other words, “Hustle!”
And that is what we have been practicing for years.
No wonder so many of us yearn for easy money, easy work, easy life, even though we know that to be a shallow illusion that doesn’t add value to the world or to our own growth.
We need to do real work, deep work, to really contribute to our world and our own lives. There are real problems, deep problems that are calling out to us for our contribution.
And yet, we are afraid because we have been practicing “working hard” (a.k.a. inner suffering) all our lives, and we recoil from it. We want to avoid it.
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