Many people who are secretly weary of work have never given themselves time, or taken time out or away from work, to allow their spirits to catch up!
– John O’Donohue
This is so true on many different levels, isn’t it? Taking TIME to allow your spirit (or being) to catch up is often quite difficult.
What is it that we need in this day and age to make sure that we stay connected to the deeper part of work? And is it even realistic?
I refer to work not only as paid job or occupation – I refer to any part of “your life’s work”- being a manager, parent, friend, partner or leader. Is work something that you just do or is it part of who you are? Is it possible that work can be more than what you do, but also how you do it?
John O’Donohue, Irish Poet and Scholar, writes beautifully about work in his book, “Anam Cara”.
“Work could be an arena of possibility and expression and our nature longs for it”, he writes.
“The soulful approach to the workplace ensures that creativity and spontaneity become energising forces. Remember when you sell your soul, you ultimately buy a life of misery!”
The workplace as a soulful place of creativity and spontaneity? Is this too good to be true or even possible?
It must be possible to find some simple spontaneity or creativity through work to allow your spirit to catch up. It might not be possible to change everything today, but maybe you can change the way you look at things, and look at work with a creative and kind eye as a small step?
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!
Find one mundane aspect of your work today to do as if it was the first time you were doing it. If it was the first time you had to do this, how would you approach it with creativity and try something different?
Think about the basics. Just the way you arrive at work or leave your home or greet a colleague or pick up the kids or pay the bills or prepare food! Maybe just be creative about the way you sit at your desk?
Go and do your “life’s work” as if for the first time with creativity.