One of the greatest joys in life is finding the line of work that makes you give.
Notice that I did not us the word happy. I believe that happy is a direct result of giving.
Everyday that you can’t wait to get up and begin your daily journey knowing that you will be working on/in what you love is a day well lived. The expansion and growth of who you are as a person, sharing your particular talent with others, being part of something bigger than yourself, feeling a sense of accomplishment, is vital to the art of work.
Finding your passion in work is not always a direct line. I always found it extraordinary that some people even as children knew exactly what line of work they wanted to pursue, there was no question in their mind. However I find more often than not that this is not the case. It takes a couple of tries to find out what exactly we love to do.
What complicates matters most in the society we have created; is that it seems that we cannot change our minds about what we want to do. It is only recently (in the last decades) that change is celebrated and even encouraged. Frankly it is needed because the work environments have so dramatically changed. We are also living longer so we can be active at work much longer.
As a mother, I am always giving advice to my children (they can attest to this). In my opinion, the most valuable advice I have given them is: FIND WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO. You will spend so much of your life doing what it is you do that it is a crime to yourself and others not working in what makes you thrive, in what makes you give the best of yourself.
At the end of the day, when you are still, and you are with you…and you reflect upon your day, and you find that you have given the best of yourself, then you have mastered the art of work.