I have been thinking about the word ‘work’ lately. All its’ connotations good and bad. It seems that we are defined by our work . If we are not working then we are either lazy, wealthy (and so don’t need to do it), unfit, physically incapable or suffering some kind of mental illness.
Most of us are brought up with the idea that we will spend most of our physically and mentally productive years at work. Work has been defined as “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve an outcome.”
I’m just wondering about the concept of something other than ‘work’ which involves voluntary mental and or physical application and is not necessarily aimed at achieving a particular outcome. (I often hear it’s more the journey to the destination not the outcome at the end.) That sounds like more fun to me. Perhaps, in this case, we could change the word ‘work’ to ‘purpose’.
Maybe having a particular ‘purpose’ is similar to finding one’s calling where someone has a strong urge towards a particular way of life or career. In such cases I’m sure that financial reward is not at the top of the list, as it often is for the majority of working people. Also, the notion of effort would be much different too. It would not seem so much of a chore but more a pleasure.
Coming from a place of doing what we actually would like to do seems like a much better option. Our determination and enthusiasm and self-belief may be all we need to sustain us and from that the rest will come…