Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Grind

Hey, what’s up?

Nothing, working.


Tell me about it.


Why is it, whenever I ask someone at work how they’re doing, invariably their response is one of misery, fatigue, angst, depression, all delivered with equal parts whine and woe-is-me?  Okay, not everyone, perhaps, but way too many.  Are that many people that unhappy with their jobs?

The answers may surprise you, even during these economically challenging times.  If you asked many of the above folks if they didn’t have to work would they be toiling away at their jobs, what do you think their response would be?

Silly question, huh?  Anyone of us who does not HAVE to work wouldn’t, right?  Certainly not at a job that made you miserable.  But even if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still wake each day with a choice: do nothing, or do “something.”

That “something” is what makes us who and what we are.  We all need to have that “something” that motivates and keeps us going.  The real lucky ones are those who love what they do—their “something” is SOMETHING they would literally do for nothing.

And that’s the key—finding that “something” that you really would do for nothing…only make it something that can pay the bills, at least a few of them.

Here’s a newsflash—life can be a grind, when you think about it.  Why would anyone think that their day-to-day jobs wouldn’t have some grind in them too?  Even movie stars and million-dollar athletes, at times, feel the grind of their chosen professions.

I suggest doing all you can do to eliminate the grind in your daily grind.  How?

·         choose to be positive
·         smile, laugh, spread the job
·         look for the good in all your tasks
·         look for the good in all your coworkers
·         take care of yourself by keeping your triad of balance fit
·         work hard, focusing on living in the moment
·         take pride in your job
·         help others
·         lower expectations when necessary
·         raise the bar when needed
·         leave your work at the job
·         then go home and forget about it

Most importantly, try to find a career, vocation, job, or profession that puts you in touch with your creativity, your bliss, what makes you happy, and what draws from you the wealth of desire and knowledge that drives you.  If your current job offers none of this, make it your quest to find one that does.

Even in these challenging economic times.  Why wait—life’s too short.

Think about it…

Until next time.




Susan Blake said...

Hi Mike! Yep, I'm sure there is a grind out there but as you said the key operative word "choice", wow, that kinda changes everything doesn't it? I know there is grind - or chores - I must do daily that are sure not "fun" so using the choice of attitude gets me thru that - the old zen saying, chop wood, carry water runs thru my head a lot!

Great post!

Terrans said...

Hi Mike,

Looking with humor at all the tasks we do will make the life and job responsibilities more alluring and interesting.

Great post!!