As most of you know, here in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving this…
Are you aware of the fact that work is the methodology designed to help you fulfill your personal calling and vocation in life? I once heard growing up that “work” was a dirty four-letter word. Not true! There is a certain amount of personal fulfillment and happiness you will discover when you do what you were designed and created to do. It may take some time for you to find that purpose, but that is simply part of the journey we call life. However, work has a lot of different “twists and turns” associated with it as you are on that journey.
Some people mistakenly think it is a curse. And, I suppose that if you only think of it in terms of how hard you have to work to barely get by from week to week, then that could be true. What if, however, you were to think of it in terms of how smart you can work rather than how hard you need to work? Working smarter means learning to see things that you have not seen before in order to do things you have not done before in order to get things you have not gotten before. There is no benefit in being ignorant. Someone once said, “If you think education is expensive, you ought to try ignorance!” I agree.
There is a lot of confusion about the world of work and the systems of government that control it. Words and political terms sometimes can be confusing. For instance, we live in a Democracy, yet that has nothing to do with the Democratic Party. Our form of government is a Republic, meaning that we elect representatives who make laws that regulate our country, however, that has nothing to do with the Republican Party. How governments operate will have a direct bearing on any country’s economic system. And how a government operates will also have a direct bearing upon your work situation.
We also hear a lot of talk about socialism and capitalism, but those are terms that I have discovered few people really understand. Socialism is a philosophy that promotes the government meeting most of your needs and providing personal resources for your well-being. Capitalism, on the other hand, promotes the ownership and operation of businesses by individuals. It allows for open competition in the free marketplace and encourages workers to think for themselves and create new and different ways of doing things. I believe that being confused about how economic systems work can keep a person from bettering his or her situation. The more you understand your options, the more choices you will have! Those who are well-informed will be better off than the ill-informed every time!
While it is great to have a work to do, there are a number of different ways that can be accomplished. I think that more than wanting to just have a “job”, people should also have personal vision. Have you given much thought as to what you could do in your own work life to make your situation better? It is very easy to fall into the habit or trap of working only to get a paycheck in order to meet your bills and obligations – just to barely “get by” in life. I don’t think that is much of a life! I think we were all designed for accomplishment and endowed with the seeds for greatness. Yet, it requires some personal vision, some time and cooperation on our part. We must learn to see things in a different light than we have been taught and look for opportunities that we have not seen in the past. We must also learn how to create ideas and processes that are able to be duplicated so that we leave behind a legacy for others. Open your eyes and look for opportunities to share your own ideas. It will increase your productivity as well as your own financial income.
Consider this: Everything that you now see with your eyes was once an idea in someone’s mind. They moved that idea into reality through effort, determination and smart (and sometimes hard) concentrated work. Everything that is in existence started in someone’s thinking process. When their thoughts turned creative, their situation changed, and it became a benefit and a blessing to many other people in the process. (In my lifetime alone, we have gone from using a black rotary telephone to everyone having their own colorful iPhone!) That is just the nature of creating new opportunities with your mind. Someone once said that the highest paying opportunities in the world are all related to thinking. If you stop and think about it, that is very true. (And, that pun was intended!)
Whatever your situation is today, I want to thank you for being a worker. The way you do your work is your own personal business. However, I would encourage you to always look for new, better and smarter ways to do what you do. It will make life more enjoyable for you, as well as benefit you financially in the long run. Work is an expression of who we all are at our deepest level. I trust that your work is bringing you joy and satisfaction and fulfillment in all that you do!
Tip: Work is a blessing!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm