I frequently seem to hear constant displeasure directed towards one of our greatest gifts, work. This is always expressed by the ones who have been blessed with opportunity and choice of employment. That is one of the most intriguing elements of these encounters. The opinions and conversations shared by these fortunate individuals seem to completely discard the blessing that is intertwined with their daily lives. I too find myself sometimes complaining because I’ve succumb to the workplace culture of complaining. Even before I finish my sentence, expressing displeasure about my current task, I hear my inner voice questioning, “why am I speaking I’ll towards such a wonderful gift?” As this powerful inner voice speaks, my words heard by those in my external environment begin to have a bitter taste in my mouth. It is here that I realize that these complaints stem from a forgetful nature. Here is the moment we have forgotten about such a remarkable friend called work.
It is because of work, or the lack thereof, that we have and live the life we currently experience. We work for the majority of our lives so it is very much a part of us. If we complain about it, we are complaining about ourselves and our own actions, nobody else’s. If we don’t enjoy our work that is our own issue to be addressed by removing our weak sense of perception.
In most North American jobs, possibly mirrored in similar countries, a full-time work day lasts for approximately 8 hours. A beneficial amount of sleep is said to be about 8 hours as well. If based on a 24 hour day, how much time do we have remaining to embrace other joyous opportunities in our lives, before we retire to our beds for the night? If you realized this thought exercise was not a complex math problem to test your computational abilities, but rather a tool to help illustrate how expansive a day truly is, you may have said 8 hours is the answer. 8 full hours of doing the things we enjoy most, surely should not hinder our experience of enjoying the story of our lives. So why do we not notice all these hours, is there something that may blur our vision?
What about “other responsibilities and commitments” that take up our remaining 8 hours? Commuting, balancing our finances, taking care of our children, exercising, cooking, eating, bathing, washing dishes and doing laundry. How will we ever have time for ourselves to enjoy, with all these important tasks? Firstly, if you have any of these tasks to do, if you are able to complete them, if you are surround by any of these resources which you call your own, you are blessed beyond measure. Secondly, if these responsibilities also cause you to express displeasure, similar to your earlier 8 hours at your work place, then is it the tasks that are undesirable or your own judgement and unawareness of your gifts which cause your displeasure? Finally, if you feel the second point does not relate to you, could it be that your own lack of self-discipline has caused you to constantly be in a rushed state, multitasking daily, tiring yourself out and leaving you with no energy to enjoy your after work moments…Yes!
Work is truly one of our best friends and if we have not made ourselves aware of this blessing then we must do our best to allow ourselves to take a step back, if we must forcefully do this, so be it! By seeing how we go about our days from a perspective which observes the doer, then we may be able to remove our self-imposed obstacles and enhance our sense of discipline. This may in turn allow us to take back our after works moments to be used for the things we enjoy the most, the things we are most grateful for and the things which enrich our lives.
Who told us that we must solely find our sense of happiness within the hours of 9-5? What is our excuse for not doing what we love after these hours? What about our hobbies and passions, have we be spending the rest of our moments complaining about a few hours of our day, or have we been using those moments to enjoy the other aspects of our lives? To find these answers we must challenge ourselves with these questions and not read them passively. The answer to them lies within you, for who else knows what your days consist of, how your thoughts dictate your action or inaction, why you are working, who or what you are working for and most importantly, what one of your truest friends, you call work, has done for you?
Will you remember your friend who has been with you before and after your complaints and built up your life to what it is today? Or will you despise them and tarnish their name because of an underdeveloped sense of discipline and appreciation?
Act like a free man and succeed like one! Decide what thou desirest to accomplish and then Work will aid thee to achieve it!