Is it work if it’s fun?

Anyone on a deeply spiritual journey knows a major part of the journey involves looking deeply into issues, emotional blocks etc. As the U.S. has lurched through four years of crises and scandals it has become ever more clear to me that we as a society have issues and blocks to address — many of which are so pervasive they also show up as our personal and ancestral issues. One of them I’ve contemplated often is our general view of work.

I watched a news piece about a woman with her own business the other day. She picks up and delivers dogs who’ve been adopted from out of state and she loves it. Loves it so much she said “it doesn’t feel like work”. It struck me how often I’ve heard that.

On my own journey I realized long ago that that attitude correlates with a general belief that work is “supposed” to be hard, unpleasant; something you must do to eke out a living that will probably barely support you. When I quit practicing law, which I loathed but made a pretty good living at, and began doing things I loved, I instantly began to fail.

It kept going for a long time, even after recognizing that I held deep beliefs about the impossibility of financially succeeding at something you love to do. For me it also turned out my health issues needed to take precedence, but I haven’t forgotten the import of the belief work must be an unpleasant struggle.

Ever since, I’ve noticed how most people talk about work in this country. Yes, there are people who love their work and speak enthusiastically, but there’s a widespread belief among many that work has to be an unhappy drudge. When I heard this woman sounding guilty about her pleasure in the business she’s created out of her love of dogs, I felt really struck about how deep that strain of thinking goes in our society.

Imagine what a shift in that one set of beliefs would do to change the world. If everyone believed it’s possible and okay to find something you love to do or to find a way to love whatever you do for work, wow, how different things would be.

8 thoughts on “Is it work if it’s fun?

  1. Beautiful thoughts Leigh❤️ wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all realised we all live in enslavement, having to do the mediocre work and then discover we have a choice to what we live to do! Yes, we don’t have to fit in, we can step out and be free! Simple as that❤️ much love to you x

  2. Your post validated some of my own thoughts about work. I am retraining my brain to accept that I can create a fun fulfilling job and environment. Sometimes the work culture mirrors one of the family of origin and relationships with bosses and colleagues, clients, etc can mirror past dysfunction playing out over and over. When I worked part time in group practices I felt free to do my best work and as an astrologer I also feel unburdened and free to enjoy my work and meet new people. However, letting go of past conditioning requires relentless effort on my part. For me this post is timely.

    BTW, I would enjoy more content on ancestral healing. I am currently working with a practitioner on my lineages, just started recently.

    much love, Linda ❤

    • Yes, these things are so ingrained and I think when society in general believes the same things, it reinforces the underlying pattern even more. So great that you enjoy the astrology work so much.
      As far as the ancestral healing, I never really studied — it was more a case of coming to realizations about patterns I could see in the family and then a friend mentioned some studies that confirmed the ancestral piece of pattern carrying. So unless I have a new insight, I don’t have too much to say. If you’re actually working with someone you may wind up with more info than I have!

      • Funny, I thought you had worked with a healer on your lineages. Perhaps I remember it wrong. Your posts were among the first nudges to introduce me to this work. ❤

  3. Sadly I know exactly what you’re talking about 😦 and live within the same limitations. Still! There’s so much I could do to expand and monetize the blog and my opportunities as a travel writer/photographer, but whenever I think of it I shun it all for fear of it becoming work. I’m beginning to understand that effort is not work, but at my age, and with no urgency to create either a career or income, it’s so much easier to say I’m old and retired so don’t have to do any of it. OTOH I do also think that there are seasons to a life and that I’m lucky enough to have moved into a more mellow season – autumn instead of high summer. Also I look back on the high summer of my life and am still (mildly) traumatized by how hard it was – because work.
    Alison

  4. Yes, I can see the dilemma about putting the extra time into “monetizing” if you don’t need to have the income. I have a bit more of a dilemma as once my mother has died I won’t have enough income to do more than barely scrape by so once this muscle stuff finishes (any day now I keep thinking 🙂 ) I still need to earn for some years to come. So much has changed, I haven’t figured out what I would be the fun thing to do tho…

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