Love what you do, Do what you love
Updated: Apr 2, 2021
Everyday for 2 weeks straight I would walk past this mural on the way to my work.
I loved my job, it was hard work but it felt rewarding and the atmosphere and my colleagues were fantastic. But a thought niggled at the back of my brain everywhere I passed this sign, 'Why is it love what you do? Shouldn't it be do what you love?'
In an ideal world we could all do what we love. But commitments and responsibilities can get in the way and we lose sight of what we really want to do. Our dreams and aspirations.
Loving what you do is one key aspect of happiness, to appreciate your every moment, in realising that you are privileged in having a job even if it's hard or you hate it. That even washing up can be a source of pleasure because at least you are fortunate enough to have plates and you can observe the wondrousness of bubbles :) However, I have realised that loving what you do can only get you so far in the realm of true happiness. Without direction and purpose the cruel ebb of meaninglessness can creep up on you. As difficult as it is to decipher finding out a goal you want to achieve, it is essential.
I have learnt from various teachers one great way of realising your purpose or a goal in life can be to draw a circle place attributes in the circle you have and ones you don't have outside the circle. Now this sounds a lot easier than it is but ruling off attributes is difficult it means being honest with yourself and asking others to help you. You don't want to leave anything out. Nobody likes limiting themselves but if you do everything you'll achieve nothing. Once this circle is created you will have a clearer idea of what you can do in life and what you can't, what your purpose is. It may take more than this circle to figure out what you want to achieve. It may take going on various jobs or reading books or going for long walks to figure it out. But once you figure out your purpose and you will, you can't let it fall by the wayside, forgotten. Whatever your commitments or responsibilities don't forget your purpose and your dreams what primarily is what you love to do because your purpose will almost always be linked to doing something you love.
If committing to your goal is not possible then incorporate it somehow in your life. Weigh up what's necessary and what's unnecessary and find a place for your dream. It's even worth sometimes taking a risk to fully commit to your goals if you are happy to take the hardships that come with the risk. Strive to not only love what you do but to do what you love because doing what you love and realising your purpose will lead you to a meaningful life and inner happiness.
Leave the world better for knowing you
All my love
Naomi Leila :) xx
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