Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Work

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”

Gautama Buddha

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

Alan W. Watts

Work. Just work.  Do it.  Don’t worry about the results.  Don’t worry if anyone will like it.  Don’t worry about grades or approvals or “likes” or thumbs-ups or comments or attention or confirmation or affirmation or kind words or unkind words or any words at all.  Don’t worry about loneliness or loss.  Take the pain and do this.  Just keep working until you feel the joy that feeds your soul.  Keep working until you feel the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Even if you think you understand that peace when it inevitably comes and you say it’s because God and my Muse are here and that’s why you feel peaceful (it is) or even if you think that the peace comes from the physical act of doing the work (it is) or even if you think the peace comes because you are creating something like God created the world a or a new baby (it is) or even if you think the peace comes from all of or none of these reasons, it doesn’t matter.  It still surpasses all understanding.  It doesn’t matter.  You don’t have to understand it.  But if you know it comes whenever you do your work, then do your work as much as you can.  Don’t stop feeding your soul.    
Your life is not more than or just as much as or less busier and difficult as everyone else’s.  It doesn’t matter. You aren’t here to compare with someone else. In fact, there is no one else when you are doing your work, except God and your Muse.  They are the only ones you are trying to please and they are already pleased simply because you are living out your Purpose.
You’re here for a reason.  So busyness and stress and sadness and loneliness are all things to keep you from feeding your soul.  Work anyway.  Work wounded.  Work lonely.  Work sad.  Work angry. Work when one of your best friends has died.  Work when you wonder how long you will be alone.  Work when you are broke or hungry or tired.  Work when you are behind on your homework.  Work when you are confused or scared.  Work when you are painfully aware of your failings. Most of all work while you’re waiting for that voice, the Voice of God in the form of love or opportunity or a hope finally fulfilled after years of waiting and the Voice says, “Thank you for working while you were waiting for me.”
Just keep working. Work more than you have been so far.  Work until you’ve lost all sense of time.  Work until the world seems right again.  Work until you’re peaceful and it’s fun and you wonder why you didn’t start sooner and why you don’t do this more often. And then work some more.
What does it mean to work?  Create. Produce.  Exert.  Push. Go. Make. Do.  Most of all…Be. Be the person you were born to be by doing the thing(s) you were born to do.  Work.  Don’t stop.  This is one of the reasons you are here.  Get Started.  Keep Going.

Work.