Thursday Thought: Love and Work

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life.
—Confucius

I get the sentiment here, and still, let’s pick it apart for the sake of honesty (with ourselves).

It’s great to love what you do for a job. And also, it’s work. Even if most some days you’re able to feel like it’s not.

This idea that all you need to do is choose a job you love and it won’t feel like work is asinine.

It sets us up for failures we don’t know how to recover from because all we’re doing is learning to move on to the next thing when you feel like you don’t love it for more than a minute.

I love what I do. Love. I love being a life coach. And also, it’s work. I love working in Customer Service. And also, it’s work. I love volunteering. And also, it’s work. I love knowing at the end of the day I’ve helped someone in some way, shape, or form. And also, it’s work.

It’s all work that I love, but it’s work nonetheless.

There are days I get up and don’t want to do my job. A job I love and wouldn’t trade for the world. A job that rewards me with feeling like I’m contributing to society in the best way possible for me.

It’s still work. But the work I do is worth the work it takes to do my job. And that’s what matters most.

Don’t concern yourself with not feeling like it’s workthat’s just being lazy. Concern yourself with loving what you do anyway—especially when it’s (hard) work.

This goes for jobs, kids, healthy relationships, and life in general.

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.
—Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

 

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