When you find the work you love it’s no longer work

“The one thing you can always count on in life is your work. If you’ve found true, good work to do, it will always be there for you. If you put it aside for a while, it will wait. You may not make money at it, but you will feel that you’ve done something worthwhile.”

– Theodora Goss

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Within the context of her author’s blog, Goss is probably thinking of work as artists and authors view work. Over a half-century, ago, Abraham Maslow in creating his hierarchy of needs said that man’s ultimate motivation is that of fulfilling his/her full potential. He called this level self-actualization. Other psychologists have spoken of this hierarchy using their own terms, but when all is said and done, it defines–for me–why we are here and what our work and other activities are forever drawing us toward.

So, when I think about counting on one’s work, I’m speaking not of jobs/careers that are motivated by power and greed and fame and/or those that turn people into driven workaholics that take them away from family and friends and the wholeness of a balanced life.

Work, it seems, that leads the worker toward self-transformation or possibly toward what Carl Jung called “Individuation,” need not be restricted to artists, authors, composers, dancers. It can be any job or career or hobby that brings joy to the person and that (hopefully) brings love, respect and other similar benefits to his/her family and friends. Some authors separate the kind of work they do with the kind of work a factory worker or a salesman does as though authors are God’s gift to the world and that all other jobs are less important. That kind of vanity bothers me. Sure, some people work jobs they do not like so they can “buy back their time” for activities that lead them toward joy and fulfilment during their off-work hours.

However we define “work,” we are looking for something that makes us better than we were before. Perhaps that work is paying work. Perhaps it’s an avocation or a hobby or a long hike in the high country. Once we have it and know what it is, it’s our personal Nirvana that’s always available.






3 thoughts on “When you find the work you love it’s no longer work

  1. I was interviewing author Rosanna Ley today at our local library and it became clear that writers are who we are rather than writing being what we do. Everything feeds the writer’s passion. She spoke of watching a documentary the subject of which, it was immediately clear to her, had to be in her next book. The book had to be recast in a major way in order to absorb it. Agent and publisher and deadline hovered, but the changes could not be gainsaid. Writers are never off duty. It isn’t a job. Anything may feed the fire, anywhere, anytime. Whatever it is that makes a writer It is not something which can be turned off while you wade through the day job. It is both a blessing and a curse that the writer’s hind brain is working all the time. It never sleeps …

  2. No, it doesn’t sleep. That’s a blessing and a curse. There are times when I really don’t want to be on duty 24/7. The thing is, stuff that shouldn’t logically have anything to do with that fire ends up having a lot to do with it. Everything ends up being fodder or kindling, and my muse never sleeps.

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