Work. That’s what I’m thinking about right now. Work.
Why do we work? What is the point of work and what does it gain us? We spend so much of our lives thinking about jobs and working at jobs that I believe these are valid questions.
For many years I wanted to travel. But I realized if I had a normal job I wouldn’t be able to take a trip when ever I felt like it! Well, I couldn’t travel without money. And I couldn’t earn money without doing some type of work so I was stumped. What did I want, traveling or working? Well I found out.
Many people work so they can become rich, have a nice house, nice vehicle, nice things. Yes, I wanted those too, in a way. But what I really wanted was experiences. That was my idea of living! I wanted to learn about the world. I wanted to see it, feel it, live out the adventures! And it seemed to me that work would just keep me from that type of life!
But I learned how very wrong I was! I viewed work as a terrible burden. I always thought I would need to work to pay taxes, bills, and buy things. In my eyes spending eight hours a day only for enough money to pay my bills did not sound good! But when I realized work was not all about money things changed. Yes, we need money to live. We need food, clothes, and a place to stay. Money is what gets us those things. However, money is not the reason we work. In fact I found a wonderful quote that answers my question: why is work important?
“Work: not what we do so we can live, but what we do as we live!”
This made so much more sense. What I did with my life was my work! How I spent my life determined what I would get in the end. Instead of viewing work as a terrible curse, I needed to view it as what I was going to do with my life! I needed to set goals and decide why I did what I did. And I think all of us need to define our work purposes. What do you hope to gain in your work? Let me rephrase that, what do you hope to do with your life? The answer to the second question is what you should strive to do every day!
Our work is not a nine to five job. It’s what we do every moment of every day we’re alive. Whether we’re at our job, at church, playing, listening, or talking whatever we do those are our ‘works.’ So if you work at a nine to five job then, while it is your job, it is not all of your work. By the way, many people have nine to five jobs and love them. I am not saying jobs are bad, I am saying they are not our complete life’s work! Our complete life’s work is everything we have done at the end of life. If that is so then shoot for your goals!
You have to do something, no one does nothing their entire life. If you are reading this then you’ve done something. You are able to read, that is an accomplishment! You are doing things just by breathing and being alive, if that is so then you might as well go for your highest goal. Shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll still be among the stars! It’s true.
And I know that idea sounds crazy! Some of us have such big dreams that we believe we’ll never reach them! But the question is, how hard are you willing to work? And what are you willing to work towards? If you have a dream will you fight for it? If you are, you just might get your dream!
This may sound impossible! Your life may have to change drastically to get to your dream. Yet it is not as far away as you think. I cannot instantly know everything, and have traveled every where. It takes time to reach my dream! And the same with everyone else. In fact the most important time is often before you get to your dream. Most of us will spend the bulk of our lives reaching our goals. And so we might as well enjoy the journey!
We also need to start. Procrastination is not an option! If you are going to reach a goal you have to start grabbing for it. Now is the time to begin! We do not no how long we will live on this earth, we only know that right now we are alive. The only time we have is today. Yesterday has already left and tomorrow is making no promises. So if you have work you want to do, do it now. I encourage every one else to ask themselves, “What is my idea of a life well lived?” When you look back over your life someday what do you want to have done?
You may want to paint. You may want to farm. You may want to be a comedian, or a musician, or a contractor, or maybe president! Whatever your calling is go for it and stay at it! Money is only paper but you can work for anyone and do anything if you put your mind to it. So why is work important? Because it is what we do with our lives. We work to reach goals, encourage others and just plain live!
So here’s my poem . . . . to finish my idea of our life’s work.
I once met a person without a frown. It seemed that joy followed him around.
He was no longer rich, but he’d seen a lot and it seemed joy was all he’d got.
So I asked him one day “Where have you been that makes you act like everyone’s a friend?”
He smiled, as always, and said to me, “My friend, it is easy once you see.
I once had a frown bigger than the rest in my mind I had worst, not best!
I had troubles and pains. My life was not good. It seemed nothing ever went like it should!
I pouted and groaned and thought, ‘I’ll get out! I’ll go where pain is never about!’
So I went round the world both here and there. And, my friend, I looked everywhere!
And you know what I found? My answer, you see, which wasn’t what I thought it’d be!
Pain was everywhere. Many things looked dim. But even in pain there were people who’d grin!
‘Why do you smile?’ I asked one man. ‘Things around here don’t seem to grand.’
But the man just laughed and smiled at me, he asked, ‘Look around what do you see?’
I looked about us, all around, and told him the facts of the things I’d found.
He answered me then with another grin, he said,’I see colors, soon Spring will begin!
People are eating, that’s a good sign, the birds sound pretty and this chair is mine.
So if I hear music, and see people fed, why be upset since I’m alive not dead?
Yes, I’m poor, dirty and tired and I work all day in muck and mire.
Yet, I come to town every single day, and smile at others as they go their way.
Those who frown increase their pain but, those who smile see good again.
I’ll never know what tomorrow may bring but today I hear the blue birds sing!
So why complain cause troubles might come why not rejoice before this good day’s done?’
The poor man was silent then and I sat there thinking of his answer and thinking with care.
And the more I watched and the more I saw the more I learned he was right after all.
Those who were grumpy missed reasons to smile, but those with joy did not notice the trial!
They looked for the good and the good they found. Yes, the good and the bad are always around.
It’s not about what happens from day to day. It’s about how you react and what you say.
You will see good. You will see bad. But which will you focus on, I ask you that.
Life’s full of decisions we have many to make. And life is a journey that we must take.
So I treat all as friends and choose to smile, because the joy it brings is the one thing worthwhile!”
Then the man smiled at me and went on his way. And still he does smile every single day.
He is an elder his life is close to done but, the thing’s his life taught me have only begun!
This man and his smile! Last but not least we must remember that we work for the same reason he smiles. We work at what is worthwhile to us! Everyone has a different calling, a different dream, a different work to do and all are just as important to this world. So go find some work that results in something worthwhile! And enjoy every moment and blessing it brings you!