As I sit in my cubicle at work, I question my motives. I’ve been in this mundane routine for almost a year, and until recently, I had little clarity on the my true intentions. Why am I doing something that I don’t love? Why am I sacrificing current happiness (or utility, for you budding economists) for future benefits? There’s little doubt that I will reap rewards for the hard work I am tasking myself with at the moment – but realistically, I wont be seeing a return on that investment for years to come. Regardless of the multifaceted skill set I am developing, it is undoubtedly coming at the expense of various experiences I am missing out on.
I felt that way until last week. I was talking to a colleague and he presented my situation from a totally fresh perspective. He went on to explain the freedom one gains from working. Immediately I was taken aback, and posed the obvious question – how does working give me freedom? In fact, I argued that working takes away my freedom! And then he hit me with a life-changing approach:
You can view freedom in two ways. There is the “Freedom to do _____” and the “Freedom from _____.” While working may give me freedom from serious responsibilities (showing up to work on time, paying taxes, etc.) it gives me the freedom to do so many incredible things. At that moment, I was no longer just proud to be working; I was both proud and happy. That, my friends, was the first time I was truly happy to be working a not-so-fun job. This approach opened my eyes to the immaculate freedom gifted to me. Try taking a step back and viewing your life through my spectacles and hopefully you will feel similarly (replacing work for school works well, too).
For those of you celebrating Passover, happy holidays and I hope this playlist helps get your mind right for the spiritual days ahead. For those not celebrating the holiday, fret not – you’ll really dig this playlist anyway.
You can check out last week’s Monday Playlist: “Organized Chaos″ here: