“I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.” I walked into an office of a friend once and heard her saying this to herself, facing away from the door, trying to convince herself that she wanted to be there for the day and wanting to change her attitude about whatever was going on that day.
I thought later about what she was doing and the value of what she was saying. Wise, wise woman.
- For those of us who choose to work, don’t we spend most of our awake lives in that job … on site at the workplace? Since we’re spending more than half of our adult lives there, then why shouldn’t we love it?
- There may be situations where we feel stuck in a particular job, and even though there may be other options available, we choose to stay where we are. We have the freedom to leave and seek other employment, or even to do other things like start our own business. So why not love it?
- We choose to go every day for some reason that fulfills us. On one level, it may be about money, but more often, research indicates that it’s about making contributions and finding some sense of fulfillment. So why not love it?
Of course, we’re going to have moments where challenges feel a bit overwhelming. Those are the moments that push us to be better, to grow, to learn, to strengthen our skills and talents. And we can choose how we feel about those situations. We can actually love those too.
And the relationship roller coasters we ride at work can also help us to grow, in how we relate to people in general. Our exposure to people of different cultures, educational backgrounds and tendencies is a gift of options in behaviors and points of view that we can observe and like a smorgasbord, select different ways of seeing or thinking about things and discovering new options of other cultures and lifestyles to explore.
I took her advice (though it wasn’t quite given as such), and began to explore the ways that I actually loved my job at that time.
Friends, accomplishments, appreciation for the money and opportunities I was enjoying topped my list.
How about you? What are those things you love most about your work?
And if you’d like to look at more ways to manage your work to make it more enjoyable, I invite you to explore my TapasForLife course contribution, “Quality Organization”, (https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/quality-organization). You might also enjoy other courses by my friends at Tapas For Life, bite-sized online courses for pure enjoyment. https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/