Your two options
“You can either do what you love or love what you do. I don’t see there’s any other choice.”-George Burns
I would have to agree with what Mr. Burns says. In life, we don’t really have any other choice. Other than to either do what we love or love what we do.
If you are among those who are doing what they love for a living. Then I would say that you are very lucky and fortunate. Most of us are among the latter. Stuck in jobs that, for most of the time. Even though we are not that much fond of it. We have no other choice but to love it because of our circumstances in life.
Don’t be disheartened
If you in such a situation, don’t be disheartened because it’s not as bad as you think it is. As Epictetus have said:
“ We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how to respond to them.”
Ty Boyd puts it this way:
“ You can’t change the cards life has dealt you, but you can determine the way you’ll play them.”
It’s not what happens that count…
You may not have a say on what life will throw at you. But you can always choose how to react to them. You may not be in your dream career/work/job right now but that doesn’t mean that your life is meaningless.
If Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, was able to find meaning even in the direst of all human conditions. How much more you, wherein, compared to his situation, is considerably in a way much better state.
Try to change your perspective
Of course this only applies in worst case scenarios. Wherein for some reason you are left with no choice but to love what you do. Which I believe is pretty rare these days. Due to the advent of modern technology, things that weren’t possible back then are, for the most part, possible now.
In fact, we are left with too many options these days. It is actually becoming more harmful than beneficial on our part.
But is it really a worst case scenario? Because I believe, just as how Viktor Frankl found meaning despite his condition. It is how we look at the situation that determines whether it it is “worst” or not.
If we only try to open our minds and try to see the positive in everything that happens to us. I believe it would have an immense impact not just on our outlook in life. But also on our health.
I believe that we can learn or at least try to love what we do. It depends on your personality and your situation.
At least do it for the people who have put their trust in you and hired you. It is the least thing you could do to show your respect and gratitude towards them. (This is actually one of the ways you can find meaning in what you do. And gradually learn to love it.)
If it still doesn’t workout…
But if you think that you have done everything yet it wouldn’t still work out. Just remember that you always have the choice to opt out from your current job/career/work.
Provided that you have found a better alternative ( which, I presume, something you love doing). And that you didn’t made the decision lightly. Which is to say, you have thought it through a lot of times. By weighing the pros and cons of such a decision.
Finally, I would like to end this post with these words of wisdom from Epictetus, a greek philosopher. Which pretty much sums up the message of this article:
“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.”
In case you are wondering how does one know if they have found their “life’s work”, “calling” or basically something that they just love doing that they lose track of time everytime they are at it.
Or if you are interested to know how does one learn how to love what they do, then stay tune because both topics would be covered in the future.
As for the latter, I can’t promise you that you will really be able to love what you do. Because that is something that only you can determine for yourself. What might work for others might not work for you.
But still, I will try my best to help you in determining that. Because that is what this blog is all about. Helping people gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. So that they can make better decisions, live a better life and be the best version of themselves.😊
Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋
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