Is your work meaningful?
Last week I had a discussion with a close friend of mine regarding the things we do everyday. We focused on the daily repetition that is necessary but the desire to create something meaningful out of the time we spend that’s not at work or with loved ones. You see, each of us have the opportunity to carve time out of our day to focus on doing something that makes a difference. Maybe you have the desire to spend time working on something you love which also benefits others. While there are many ways to bring joy to others, the most popular seem to include volunteering and mission trips. Although volunteering is excellent approach to thinking beyond your self-centered concerns and needs, there are several other ways our actions can impact those around us for the better.
One of the reasons this blog was created was to focus on bringing inspiration to those who stumble upon it. Too many times I’ve seen individuals brought down by negative words or people scorning their goals. What’s important about your goals is that you can use them to bring meaning and fulfillment to your life and inspire someone else. First off, you have to know who you are and you have to love yourself. There will be people who come into your life and see all of your potential, and there will be people who come in and put you down with their words and deeds. Those are the ones who don’t need to be a part of your life, and their words shouldn’t matter to you, even if they do. They don’t know you and they don’t deserve to have an opinion about your life. Listening to too many outside opinions is one way to drag yourself down and never creature meaningful work.
There are many products on the market today that make a difference in other’s lives, whether they make life easier or bring inspiration or help someone feel beautiful and valued. What you create could be that product that helps others, whether it’s jewelry, a beautiful piece of art, a novel, a new dress, something that makes life easier or makes life worth it. Your challenge is to begin. Take one step. Commit to one action this week which will point you in the direction of your goals. If you’ve always wanted to blog, go to WordPress and start creating. If you want to write a story pull up a blank document and just start typing. If you are an artist, start painting, creating, writing, singing, whatever makes your heart soar. Begin. Today.
Meaningful work is created by those willing to take a risk. You may crash and burn, but that’s okay, just read about Thomas Edison creating the light bulb. Thank goodness he did not let failure slow him down. And you don’t have to either. Focus on creating work that makes you happy and being the best version of yourself will allow you impact others and make a difference.
What are you doing to make your work/life meaningful?