I want you to live a life that makes you proclaim your love for it from cliff tops.
Today has been one of those blissful days that make all the risks and scary leaps worthwhile. Coming back from a beautiful walk in the sunshine with stunning scenery, surrounded by birds and butterflies (I felt like I was in a Disney movie!) I was smiling so much. Jumping about excitedly from time to time, I even shouted ‘I love life’ over the water from the top of a cliff. But then my thoughts turned to several friends of mine who have had to go in to town to work at uninspiring offices, and would probably come home with the slight dampness of city working about their soul. They too want to be an entrepreneur – to work with something they love and which they can direct, instead of working for someone else. But they are not quite there yet, and I so want them to be so they too can experience the joy I have experienced today. Just like I want you to experience it. I want you to live a life that makes you proclaim your love for it from cliff tops. Knowing that will increase my enjoyment of my bliss.
For me, finding out that it is possible to work with something that we love gave me hope.
Like many others I had previously thought that work was a necessary evil. That in order to enjoy what one does or do good, one either has to do it for free or for very little money. I have lived my volunteer and charity worker chapters and realised very soon that – although I am not a money-chaser – until the utility companies, public transport authorities, vegetable growers etc start offering free services and products, then I too need to make an acceptable living.
But what was my alternative? To work for some random company, dissolving into the stained beige carpet? I wasn’t about to accept that. Well, not 5 days a week anyway! But the universe led me to read Nick Williams’ book ‘The work we were born to do’ and my eyes were opened. So many people have already taken the scary leap away from ‘secure employment’ to work with what they love the most. And I have learned that we all deserve to get paid for what we love to do; and that what we love to do is in fact a gift to the world and other people, and following your dream is not in fact selfish – it is incredibly unselfish. Imagine if your favorite artist / musician / dancer / chef / writer / clown / teacher had not followed their dream. Imagine being denied the pleasure they have brought you!
This also helped me understand that there are more ways to do good in the world than donate money or time to charities.
Though they are great things to do too, of course! Just being the kindest, nicest, joyous person you can be can bring so much light into people’s lives. And although it is said that the best way to forget one’s woes is to listen to someone else’s it is much easier to be a happy bunny when one is content with one’s life.
And think, if we are all occasionally so blissed with life that all we want is good for other people, and that we are prepared to do almost anything to spread that joy, think what a world we could be sharing!