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Musings on the State of just Being (or My Days of Doing Nothing)

I have been in a state of not having to do something or be somewhere on any particular day or hour for a few days now, a state that is partially voluntary, yet it is not a vacation.

Here is what I have observed so far:

I found myself waking up earlier than I usually did when I had work.

I noticed the details of my house more intently.

I only did things that I wanted to do, not that I had to do and found that I liked doing a lot of the things that I thought I “had” to do!

I found that each day had its own rhythm and it was best to surrender to those rhythms of high energy and low energy.

I thought about things a lot more clearly.

I felt emotionally liberated in that I could feel whatever I wanted to feel without any pressure or control.

I had some very interesting and profound conversations with people.

I discovered that staring at the wall for an hour was not boring at all, but was a sort of peaceful meditation, and a great way to let the mind wander and ponder some deep issues.

I discovered new writers that made me feverish with intellectual excitement.

I got really good as SUDOKU.

I reconnected with reading.

I reconnected with my plants.

I did not for one second feel bored or restless.

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“I Stopped and Smelled the Flowers”

It’s been a hectic day, a hectic week, a hectic month, it’s been a hectic life!! Today as I ran around to get things done, running to my car with a laptop, a handbag, a shoe change, etc.. I passed by a beautiful rose-bush and thought of the proverb “you should stop and smell the flowers”, so I did just that!

I stopped put all my baggage down on the floor, stood there for a minute admiring the beautiful flowers, and even came close to smell the real proverbial flowers.  Yes they were lovely, and yes the scent was sweet, but to be quite honest: It did nothing for me…

So I picked up my bags and hurried back to my car, knowing that I thrive on this pace….I guess stopping and smelling the flowers is overrated after all.

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Happy “Difficult or Compulsory Expenditure of Physical or Mental Activity” Day

Here are two definitions of labor by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  Usually dictionary definitions tend to rely on the perception of the meaning of a word in its cultural and societal setting.

a : expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory.

b (1) : human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy (2) : the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits.

I wish they had just stuck to definition b(1), the other definitions of the word labor are unattractive and depressing: they carry some oppressive implications.  I guess definition b(2) implies that entrepreneurs don’t actually labor?

Everyone works for a living, even the most privileged of people do have to do some kind of work.  It is essential for humans to feel productive in some way, even if this productivity does not necessarily “provide goods or services in an economy”.

One’s work is very closely related to the definition of one’s identity in their surroundings, and so many people work or labor for something that does not really manifest their true self, therefore creating a sort of false identity.

Personally I am striving for productivity that does not entail “labor”; I want to enjoy what I do while it pays the bills. Although it has been a difficult journey, it has also been deeply satisfying on a personal and psychological level, if not on the fiscal level.  Learning not to compromise on what defines you as a person in both work and relationships is a very enlightening experience.  You priorities shift, and you discover the real intangible  value of your “work”: the real worth is not measured in economic return, but in personal mental, moral, and intellectual growth.

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