Remember What the Work is For

Hello, and happy Monday! I know, I know, Mondays aren’t happy. Mondays are for being tired, and grouchy, and remembering all the things you don’t like about your life. Mondays are for wanting to crawl back into bed.

But, let’s try something different. Let’s think of Mondays as a chance at a fresh start, every single week. Each Monday is a reset button. Let’s take this opportunity to do it differently. Let’s make the changes we want to see in ourselves and the world, okay?

“I want to read and write and be very quiet.”

— Martha Gellhorn

Sometimes I forget what I am supposed to be working toward. I forget that it’s not the accomplishments or acknowledgments, those are simply a means to and end. The end is the life I dream of, a life where I can be free of societies norms and other people’s expectation.

My dream is to live a life where I am surrounded by ideas, with plenty of time to think them over and through, and then send them back out into the world with a little of myself in each one. My dream is to live a life of reading, writing, and quiet.

Sometimes I get caught up in reading all the marketing and productivity blogs and trying to do what they do. Sometimes I get caught up in networking and social media and blogging and promotion and hashtags and groups and fan pages and the photos and it never seems to be enough. I feel like I spend all my time doing a whole lot of things that at the end of the day don’t feel anything like what I wanted to be doing with my life.

What is it all for if I never feel happy? What is it all for when it’s all about other people and their posts and their pictures and whether or not they will please follow me or like this or share this? When is it about me? When does it start to feel good and right and meaningful? When do I stop chasing the means and finally get to the end?

I think the time is now. Or maybe, some of the time is now.

This week, I’m going to carve out time that is for living the life I want to live now. My wants aren’t too complicated or costly. I just want time to learn and think and share there is no reason I cannot have that today. There is no reason why any one of us can’t carve out just a little bit of our future dream and bring back here to the present reality.

This week, live a little of the life you always wanted to. Plan a small trip, take a small step, pretend you already are where you always wanted to be. Do it because tomorrow is never promised and you don’t want to spend what little life you have chasing a dream you might never get to see made real. Do it because you deserve a little of that happiness now dammit!

Of course, reality will fly back in and remind you that you need to be creating, selling, sharing, and marketing. It will remind you to get up early, post to this timeline or that, set your SMART goals, build good habits, and make progress every day, but never forget what it is all for.

It’s all so that you can be who you want to be and live the way you want to live, one day, some day, and for a little while, this day.

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

3 thoughts on “Remember What the Work is For”

  1. I cannot express how much I ‘feel’ you on this post. It can be so difficult trying to figure out how to impact and influence this world without being tainted by its negativity and crushed by its insistence that we conform to its self glorification. I too, often times get caught up in the likes, re-posts, and stress trying to get my work out there. But God has given us gifts, not to waste, and we have to trust that even when it doesn’t feel like it, God is working in our lives, through our gifts. As long as I have been approved by God, I make the daily decision not to answer to this world, but to the call of God in my life. But I’m totally with you, we have to take the time (even if we don’t have it) to enjoy life and enjoy the things that bring us joy and be okay with impacting others, whatever the number may be. I think it’s about enjoying the means (or journey) instead of chasing it. The end is inevitable, so there’s no rush. Thank you for this post, it’s totally relatable, and it’s always nice knowing that you’re not the only one.

    :) Celestial

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  2. Or maybe Monday can be that day when you can jump of the bed with excitement of doing your thing? I would like to redefine that too :)
    Is it ironic that we live in societies that don’t that much of sweating for surviving like other countries – and still we can keep ourselves more busy than ever? And busy for what? For some bright future?
    Thank you for your honest text. It made me think that I got weary of hearing about “hard working for success”. My success is not stressing out doing things I don’t enjoy so one day I can lean back and relax. I want to relax now, and do the things I love now, and feel myself alive and living – now.
    Let’s be that change!

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