Finding joy in work

 

Recently read the extract below from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It resonated on so many levels. To be in love with work can be difficult at times. The daily grind, repetitive work, the long commute home can all contribute to a sense of time lost. I wonder perhaps that instead of dwelling on how unhappy we are at work, we should simply try seeing work from a different perspective? When the discontent of work brews within, to stop and find inspiration from those who work with joy.

“You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth…

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born.

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life. And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret…

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

 

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