My friend and I were talking on the phone the other day about the joys and struggles of running a business. At one point in the conversation I heard mySelf say, “Yes, isn’t it wonderful to be in a state of Creation!” Wow, that is a statement to savor! This is what productive work gives us in this lifetime… an outlet… an expression of the Self into the world. It gives us an opportunity to experience one of my favorite words… PASSION! To pour yourSelf into something creative and watch it be born right before your eyes. It’s one of the best and highest experiences we can have!
This is what people forget about our daily lives and the work we do. Creativity and Passion aren’t just words to describe what a poet or an artist does. These are words that describe a state of Being and, in this way, we have a choice every single day about being in this state, or not. I spent my entire career doing some kind of office work… First as a receptionist, then a secretary (There’s a word for the Baby Boomers. Do we even have secretaries anymore?) Then I became an Office Manager and that’s pretty much where I stayed until I retired a couple of years ago. As an Office Manager I did all kinds of things: Bookkeeping, Human Resources, Accounts Payable and Receivable, lots of problem solving. Oh, how I do love problem solving! Basically, I moved paper around a lot. Case in point… After a few hours of Take Your Daughter to Work Day, my 12-year old proclaimed, “This is boring!” To which I replied, “This is how we eat, my dear.”
She was probably right. To some it was boring. But to me, this was Creativity! This was my Passion! My outlet and my contribution! No, it was not poetry. It was not even the thrill I get when I work on a book, write these blog posts or do Spiritual Direction work with people… But it was accomplishment. It was mine and I poured my heart into it every day. I didn’t even realize how much I loved it until I stopped doing it. Then… Oh, how I missed my spreadsheets! (Early retirement did not look pretty on me!)
We must cultivate the state of Creativity and Passion. Look for it. Call it to you. And most especially, we must recognize it, because God put passion in everything! There are many who drag themselves to work every day and don’t even notice what they do as a contribution, an achievement each day. Please, notice what you do! And notice how others contribute to your state of Being. I have a friend who always calls me Beauty. Just Beauty, said matter-of-factly, as though everybody talks like this. “Hello Beauty.” It lights me up every single time. I don’t ever let myself un-notice it.
So don’t let yourself believe that the job you go to everyday is meaningless, simply because it’s not big in the eyes of culture. We all love the statement, “It takes a village to raise a child.” So remember… We are the village. All of us. The big and the small. The ones with exciting jobs and the ones without. The point is not what you do. The point is how you do it! The Passion you bring to whatever it is you create is the Energy you are putting into the world. Don’t let that Energy be flat, dull and lifeless. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor… Bring your whole heart to whatever task is in front of you and you will feel like a Rock Star every day!
Please try this at home!
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