The call of work is always, well, calling.
Clanging its bell to remind you that the time is always ripe to make a few bucks.
After a couple of days of feeding farm animals, doing my online freelancing job, feeding farm animals again, going back to the online freelancing job, then going to bed exhausted but wired, only to have to wake up to do it all over again, I just couldn’t bring myself to experience life like this a third day in a row.
Even though I had told myself that I would grind it out — “just for now” — because, well, I really “should.”
The thing is that I know very well that it will always feel like making money is an imperative.
And that maybe if we just focus on that “for now”, it’ll give us the freedom later to live our lives the way we really want to.
But it never ends, my friends.
There will always be something more that you think you want or need. There will always be “bigger” and “better” waving their flashy arms at you from a distance, insisting that you don’t look too happy standing where you are.
Where they are though? Trust them, life is banging over there.
I experienced those feelings both when I was really struggling financially back in the day, and when I had a well-paying job and was living a fairly comfortable life.
It’s really not about how much you have or don’t have. It’s about that mindset we’re all conditioned to adopt that more is better, or that life is not complete without x, y, and z (variables which typically require — you guessed it — more money).
I don’t mind working hard at all. In fact, I wouldn’t not want to work.
But where I butt heads with the need to make money is when the other, ultimately more important things in my life begin to suffer.
Like doing my daily spiritual practice of journalling and reflection.
Like writing creatively for my website or book.
Like reading something inspiring.
Like taking care of my health by eating well.
Somehow, when I’m in the grind, I’m either too tired, too uninspired, or too distracted to think about those things, much less do any of them.
So, this morning, feeling tired and dazed, I decided to take care of myself.
I took a long time to cook something nice and warm for this cold, rainy day.
I read some writings by Elisa Romeo, an author on the topic of spirituality (among other things) who I just stumbled upon.
And, well, I guess writing this post was me pausing, reflecting, and realigning myself.
What about you?
Do you need to take a pause, too?
Don’t worry, the work will always be there, waiting for you.
That moment you need to take, though? That will pass you by. Take it. 😉
~ Janice xo