Is It Work or Play?

Why not both? 

I had always envied those people who were able to say they “never worked a day in their life.” That everything they did seemed like play to them and whatever they played at they were able to get paid for!

Talk about a Holy Grail! Or hitting a lottery!

Can’t tell you how many self-development books I read and CDs I listened to or how many seminars I attended trying to wring out the secret these people held.

I was stumped until I read this and real-ized how elegantly simple the solution is:

“The difference between work and play is nothing more than your preconceived idea about the activity. It may sound crazy but it’s true.

“The way you feel about doing something is directly related to the way you think. By choice, you are the one who determines the amount of enjoyment you get out of your pursuits. In fact, you can get satisfaction from everything you do by giving yourself totally to all of your endeavors.  However, the only way you can experience that kind of freedom is when you no longer associate survival with what you’re doing. That way, you’re not attached to the outcome, which means you have nothing to lose.

“Now here’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you have nothing to lose, there’s no fear, and if you have no fear, you’re free – free from any idea associated with what you do.

ONCE YOU GIVE UP YOUR CONCERN

ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING,

YOU CAN BE FREE OF FEAR,

AND THAT’S THE ONLY

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

WORK AND PLAY.

“By letting go of your concern, you are free of your mind’s influence. Then and only then can you get as much enjoyment out of work as you do from play. Then you can come from enjoyment rather than trying to find it. It is that simple!

“As you can see, the way you experience something is totally up to you. To use this knowledge is your birthright –  your right to create the experience of joy in your life.”

And joy in your work. Or is it play?

– Quoted with deep gratitude to George Lavenia, from his book What You Think is What You Get.

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