Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Is Your Work Worth It?
By Don Iannone

Work is not all it is cracked up to be.
It's filled with great pain and suffering
that is killing off people's joy and sense of meaning,
and it is killing off people;
causing them to die of work-related stress and strain.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?"
A Biblical thought worth embracing.
We've missed the mark...badly,
when it comes to the role of work in our lives.
If your heart is so heavy
that you can't rejoice at the sunrise,
and your mind is lethally poisoned
at the thought of the work you do,
then it is time...
Time to let go of your work,
and the pain you attach to it,
and the pain it attachs to you.
Your work will not get you into heaven,
whatever you think heaven might be.
Don't allow yourself to be used by others,
in the name of work, job or career.
Don't enslave yourself to your work desires.
There is no end to that treadmill,
and it leads no where.
Be careful what you say yes to today.
If your work doesn't please your spirit,
say no to it.
Look carefully at who is ultimately served
by whatever work you do.
Is it the stockholders of the company,
who care nothing about you,
except whether they make $100,000
for every dollar you earn?
Is it the ego-maniac shift supervisor,
who was abused as a child, and
believes he is entitled to strip you
of your dignity and sense of well-being?
Who is served by your work?
Maybe it's your own maniacal ego
that persists in clinging to its illusions
that your work is you.
Honor yourself today
by seeing your energy and attention
as supremely sacred.
Be cautious where and how
you invest that energy in your work.
Put an end to your own slavery.
Only you can set yourself free.

11 comments:

Kathleen said...

Amen! :)

Enjoy your day Don!!!

Dan said...

Excellent, Don!

I second K's emotion...

LOVE!

Kai C. said...

very good

QUASAR9 said...

Alas Don,
some eat to live
some live to eat
some work to eat
some eat to work
some live to work
some work to live

Me? I just eat work and sleep
Did I forget to take time out to live?

Liquid said...

(0)~leaving a stone to let you know that I have visited. You cotinue to amaze me with your tone.

~Me

Kristen said...

Don't allow yourself to be used by others,
in the name of work, job or career.


Amen to the whole poem and especially to this line. It is amazing how we sometimes value ourselves by what we do for others, so neglecting ourselves that we are empty shells.

Rob said...

The last line is wonderful.

Paul said...

Well said. I guess it depends on what you're working for and the spirit in which the work is done.

- Paul aka "Darius..."

Pat Paulk said...

Well said Don!!

polona said...

a lot of truth in this one.
well done, don!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks all for your great comments and inspiration. Work can hep us shine our souls, if we allow it to.

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