Monday, June 29, 2009

From within.

I stumbled upon a nice collection of thoughts that might do you some good today.

With economy's belt (and unemployment) cinching ever tighter and the powerless feeling of employees working for employers who are taking advantage of said belt, sometimes we cope by checking out emotionally. We just unplug and detach from our work and from each other. Just want to say here and now, if you're looking for a way to passionately spend your time or energy on something that really matters, I can think of few things more important than saving babies from cancer. {That's a blatent invitation to volunteer with The Kyrie Foundation. ;)} And for the record, saving babies from cancer fulfills the following checklist. Read on.

From Jonathan Mead:

I discovered that not only is it valid to care about the work you do, it’s absolutely necessary. I used to think that you didn’t have a choice, or that doing work you love was some kind of luxury for the retired or gifted. And you know why? Because we’re taught that we can’t get paid to be ourselves. We’re taught that we need to become something in order to earn a paycheck.

Here’s some refreshing news: That’s an assumption.

More refreshing still: Just because a huge number of people believe in an assumption, doesn’t mean it’s true.

A lot of people once assumed the world was flat. And a lot of people now assume that work and play are not meant to coexist, that life must be a struggle. But the simple fact is, your life is a gift. To spend that gift in drudgery and grim duty is a waste.

So here’s the question you might want to ask now: How can I do what I care about?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Do something amazing.
  • Start a revolution.
  • Learn to give up caring bout all the unimportant things.
  • Pull out all the mental weeds to allow room for the things you care about to grow.
  • [Create a legacy]

If you allow yourself to stop caring about the things you don’t really care about, something amazing will start to happen. Once you move out all that attentional garbage, you finally create room for the things you love to take up residence in your life.

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