My father in law always tells me, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never work another day in your life.” I think he’s right.
How does one distinguish work from play? Usually one is more fun than the other. One you can’t wait to leave, the other you can’t wait to get there. The former is often complained about, while the latter we can’t stop talking about.
Athletes and musicians get to “play” all the time. Have you ever heard of a concert pianist “working” her instrument or the guitarist getting ready for “work?” Even the sport participant is called a “player.”
So why can’t we take the same approach? Why not look at bread&cup as our sport or music? No one ever said the athlete and musician don’t put in long hours. We never assumed it would be easy, but we do expect to enjoy the outcome.
Years ago my wife and I had dinner prepared for us by two Asian students at the university. They prepared 8 or 9 dishes, all distinct, wonderful and full of flavor. She commented to the female student, “This is so good. It must have been hard to make all this food.” The girl replied in her novice English, “Not hard, just take long time.”
She pointed out a different cultural perspective. To a Westerner, difficulty is linked to how long a task takes to accomplish. The students, on the other hand, seemed oblivious to time in their preparation of the meal. Instead of rushing to finish, they chose to include preparation as a part of the enjoyment.
Perspective can change everything. Work will always be part of our lives, but how we think about it can make the difference in it being a joy or becoming a burden.