“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha
This is an interesting and not very often quoted saying from the Buddha. One often does not truly consider what they want to do with their lives, explore, try new things and then settle on something that you have strength in and a passion for. This is because our society is set up in a very rigid way. We go to school, go to university and start a job before we have really had a chance to explore and understand ourselves. Sometimes this works out of course, if you have a clear passion from a young age, but unfortunately this isn’t the case for most of us.
Too often we go through the cog and are expected afterwards to know exactly what we want to do and be and who we are. But it is so difficult. The Buddha believed we had to take it upon ourselves to actively search out our passions or our work. This could be done in so many different ways. Often, deep down, we know what we should be doing or at least know what we like to do. This passion may not even resonate with you as people in your life, including yourself, may have said that you can’t make money doing that. It is hard to take the financial anxieties out of following your passion.
But who ever said that your life purpose and calling in life has to be something you make money at. If you work at a job you hate, but still make time to follow your passion, you will still be infinitely happier than if you don’t. What the Buddha meant is when you do discover what you should be doing that you should go into it with everything you have and not let that little nagging voice tell you that you aren’t good enough or that you won’t be able to succeed. Whatever it is that you choose to dedicate your life to, you should go into it with your whole heart. It is really the only way to live life.
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