Are You Tired of Working?

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urlIt’s is true for many of us in the world, our current reality virtually enslaves into a system where we must work to survive. Working is the only way we can put food on our tables, roofs over our heads and clothes on our backs. Due to the vast amount of people all competing for work, it is very rare that we can truly do things we love to do as we get stuck with what’s left.

It seems dull doesn’t it? This is where I feel we can shift our perception to make best of the situation we are living in right now. I would be the first to say that our system is in dire need of a big overhaul. The massive gears of the system need turning still and we are the pieces that keep them going. Until we are able to make enough of a global conscious shift in the way we see our world, it is likely the case that many of us will still need to work to survive. It is true that the system is like this due to the greed of a few. It is true that it doesn’t have to function this way. But it is ultimately true that our perception of the work we do can also change the experience entirely while it’s still around.

I am in my mid twenty’s and can hear the voices now “You don’t know what you are talking about when it comes to work. When you’ve worked 30 years of your life then come talk to me.” Bluntly put, I feel this statement is nothing more than a cop out as we refuse to change our ways. I have worked A LOT in my life. Each summer in high school I worked full time for Yellow Pages. From there I swapped between dropping out of college programs and into more office jobs until I finally quit 4 years ago to take CE full time. I worked with people who had worked for 25 years+ at the same job. I got to know them, understand them and hear all about what got them to the point they were at. It did not take any form of rocket science to figure out that the sheer judgement we have towards our jobs and working is what creates the greatest amount of suffering.

If you are unhappy about your job and are looking to find some joy in it, here are a few ways to achieve that.

Much like you feel terrible when you sit and judge or gossip about people for hours, doing this with our job is the same thing. We cringe at the idea of waking up in the morning, seeing the people there, and doing the mundane work that might be involved. We think we are better than it, that it’s stupid and we can half ass our way through it. As we judge it we make it worse and worse and in the end we make ourselves miserable. Stop judging your job and see it for a task that simply needs to be done at this point. When you do this, the environment, the people, the job and your own joy will transform dramatically. Before I finally left work 4 years ago, I told myself that I would not leave until I could find peace in what I was doing. Once I did I stuck it out for another 6 months. During those 6 months I can say that I did not dread waking up and going to work. I didn’t hate it and when I finally left, it was like walking through a different door that was open already due to my state of peace.

One thing I always find interesting about work complaining is that most of us complain like no tomorrow about the silly job we have and how it’s not fun and stressful. What we haven’t realized yet, is that if our job is able to create that much challenge in our lives, then we are right where we need to be. Think about it, if the “silly” job is creating so much distress, isn’t it time we begin to realize we are the ones who hold the issues? Our job can pull us from peace? Our job can make us unhappy and stressed? Or is it possible that we take some of it too seriously — or that we aren’t open to adjusting and instead getting stuck in a place of suffering. We have much more control over our state while working than we think. Take the time to look at what exactly makes you unhappy about your job and what you are doing. It often becomes quite clear that we are resisting some form of it or are still caught judging it. Work beyond it and once again there will be peace on the other side.

Find Your Joy
I put this one last because I feel it in some ways should be looked at after we observe the judgement and challenges. I say this because sometimes we can miss out on a great deal of growth by running from what exists within us through fear of not being honest with ourselves. When it comes to having to work and do a job, try to find something you find joy in and just go after it. So often we get caught in the idea that we have to stay where we are and we leave our dreams aside. If you know something brings you joy, make the move to try it out, you can always find some other way to make things work. Once again, I say this at the end as sometimes it’s simply not an option for us RIGHT NOW to make the move, so that is why finding peace and removing judgment in what we are doing now is so important. My feeling is, if you are able to find peace in what you do now, doors open up everywhere for you to make moves forward.

At the end of the day, working and jobs are here for now. We are not better than them, above them nor are they not still providing us with valuable lessons to grow from. A change is happening and in time things will transform. While this change occurs, our level of suffering when it comes to jobs is entirely in our control.

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  1. Honestly, I work In general retail and once I started to care less about the work i do, and the customers i deal with, the happier i felt and the better i did my job. Not saying i didn’t care for my customers problems or opinions, but i stopped taking their actions and attitudes so seriously. Also the same with the work i do. Once i stopped worrying about how hard it would be or how long it would take, it didn’t bother me. I did it a lot eaier and a bit faster. (: I will admit, i do still dread going to work from time to time, but not as much as i use to. But, i would definitely love a job in something i enjoy or love doing.

  2. TBH i am not a fan of the ‘we are to blame because of our reaction to circumstances’ that is a cop out big time. Its a license to allow any negative situation and believe its US at fault. does not feel right to me.

  3. Rono

    Yeah, this says we should be happy with what we have and when referring to the “workforce” I disagree. The masses shouldn’t have to find joy in working to earn little pay to obtain something that is their birthright. Such as food for an example.

    • The idea is not to simply find joy and stay there, but instead, don’t create an even worse experience for yourself by letting thoughts and emotions control your state. By finding levels of peace in whatever we are doing, we can more easily make decisions and navigate our lives. The issue right now is, too many of us are trapped in our emotions and our minds and egos are in the drivers seat our whole lives.. when you step out of that your consciousness shifts. This changes your entire world and outlook on life.

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        Joe Martino

        Your article might not help me physically in my current job issues BUT it showed a light in my darkest moments at work. You gave a very fresh, new perspective about my work. I admit that I still care for my job and our workplace situation since I am currently happy with my very kind and smart lady doctor; however, after some whole “fights” with my new manager a.k.a. the clinic’s current & original owner, I deeply realized that family and work don’t mix up very well. I can see that the owner wants us to be not just his employees but also his family as well. Unfortunately, I felt that kind of view would cause overstepping of boundaries from the employees’ part. Mom was right that I should know my place because I’m just an average employee with many limitations in life. So far, my major moral lesson in enduring these changes at my workplace is to consider pursuing to be a librarian when I go back to schooling next year. I’m still a simple, ordinary girl who can’t endure exciting yet full-of-worry turmoils in a certain job in the long run. I would rather pursue a quiet, solitary life with absolute or almost no disruptions.

        I will surely follow your advice but it will take time on my part since old habits die hard. Thank you for the article.

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