Doing what you love and loving what you do
Do you frequently feel unfilled, uninspired, overworked, or overloaded? Are you constantly striving to achieve something, yet feel that your goals keep moving further away from you? Let’s explore the reason for that frustration, and why it is keeping you from your happiness.
Most of us just try to survive our daily routine. We neglect our health in the process of working 24/7 to earn something, whether it is money, academic success, or a better social life. It is important to discover the root of this problem before attempting to find the solution. This means you need to get back to the basics: identify your goals and decide if they are really what you want, or if they have been imposed upon you by some other factor in your life.
There are several reasons to pursue what you love. The first and the foremost is that it is a primary expression of your freedom. Making your own decisions and having the ability to filter out the surrounding noise defines your freedom. It is the human psychology that man loves to be independent and prefers to make his own decisions. This freedom of choice frees you from the slavery in your mind. For example, if you have no desire to be doing the work you’re doing, you will always have this feeling of bondage and obligation, and it will prevent you from being as effective you could be. So, what makes you effective? Your desire to perform your work makes you effective, and you only have that desire for work when you feel truly passionate about it. According to a report published in the Business News Daily,
“Employees who are engaged in their work have a higher productivity rate.”
For a productive society—and a productive self—it is imperative that you are engaged in your work and doing what you love. If you are passionate about something, you will approach it with dedication and gusto.
It is also true the other way around, that you should love what you do. This motivates you to set and achieve goals. The feeling of achievement is a booster for your mind and body, which further motivates you to perform better. Doing what you love and loving what you do is important for a healthy state of mind.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
Yours in health,