[Classic post from 7-14-17]
Continuing with the theme of honoring ourselves, Mark Anthony is quoted as saying, “if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”
It’s very common to do something that we don’t like doing with the excuse that we need the money, or that this is the only job available right now, with a long and detailed list of rationalizations as to why we do the work we do though we dislike doing it except for the paycheck.
Today is overflowing with potential and opportunities. It always is. Just because our eyes and ears are closed, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a big world all around us.
Then people will say that they don’t have the college degree, or they don’t have the experience and/or skills required, and with each click of the reasons why it cannot be done or would not work, we claim and reaffirm the place we stand in.
Some might say that these people are too lazy to go find something different that would be more to their liking, but I don’t think that is it. I think it is that they are just stuck in their current thought patterns and don’t know how to get out, while at the same time, having been so comfortable in their place regardless of whether it is painful to them or not.
They just can’t see all the opportunities because they have locked them out. Not because they’re not wanting an opportunity, but because they are in a habitual pattern of thought and activity like having the repeat button on the music deck listening to the same song over and over again.
There’s an old saying that “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Well, this is pretty much true with all of us I think. It may not be that it needs to be our idea, but we certainly need to be open to it at some point, and that opening is where the change in thinking opens our eyes and ears to new possibilities. The thought is what comes first, then we can decide, and then we can act. Perception. Decision. Action.
Without the perception, nothing else can happen–even when we are led to water. Of course, it has to be our idea! It has to be our thoughts and our thinking. It is always our decision to make, else it could never work out regardless of the amount of action taken.
Abraham, Esther Hicks has often said that “words do not teach. Experience is what teaches.” Yet, words can influence if someone is ready to read or hear them. That is the best they can do.
Doing what we love to do is not only a delightful way to live, but is also, and perhaps even more importantly, a way of honoring ourselves.
Loving Ourselves Is Also To Love What We Do.
Spread Some Joy Today–by finding new opportunities to experience joy.