March 4th, 2007 by ~ 2 Comments

A workplace in which we LOVE working.

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.

2 Responses

  1. Meena says:

    This is a refreshing perspective.. but not every one gets the job he wants.. in such case work is never play.. for simple reason widout interest work can never b play

    But i guess since we r going to be stuck wid the job we may not like we better start finding it interesting.. afterall what is interest if not our perspective?

  2. Watchman says:

    meena,

    true, not everyone gets an opportunity like we are facing. i think what i am addressing in my own life is a willingness to take a risk to step out and find something that better suits who we are. it took several years for me to muster the courage to make the change.

    this venture could fail, and we could find ourselves flat on our face, but the same question will beckon us; Will we keep moving toward creating a better life?