to Live — or Living to Work?
My Labor Day Lesson for Happiness
On the first Monday in September
Americans celebrate Labor Day, a
tribute to the
contribution workers have made to the prosperity and well-being of our
country. For every major holiday, I offer my own metaphysical tribute
to the holiday as it relates to prosperity consciousness. And I believe
Labor Day has some wonderful lessons for happiness...especially because:
We were not given our unique talents and abilities
to earn a living. They were given to us to create a life.
I have profound appreciation for the men and women who have worked hard
to build our country. At the same time, I believe that a majority of
the world's population work much harder than they have to. And that's
because most people have not discovered their unique talents and true
place in life and are not engaged in work that they love to do.
One dictionary definition of labor
is: physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.
The dictionary tells us that work done for the sake of one's own
enjoyment or of benefit to others rather than for material or monetary
reward is a labor
of love. I ask...why shouldn't our livelihoods be based on
work done for our own enjoyment or for the benefit to others as well as
for monetary reward?
So how do you find your labor of love?
Working to Live — or Living to
Some time ago a businessman and I were discussing the concept of
passive income and he quoted a famous guru who stated that if you make
a lot of money but have to show up to work, then you're still a slave.
I said that I didn't necessarily agree with that. I'm all for creating
passive income, don't get me wrong. But when you are showing up to do
the work that you love, you are certainly not a slave! Which brings to
mind the subject of "working to live — or living to work," which I
believe is worth exploring...
I believe that each of us is given special talents and gifts and that
it is up to us to discover those gifts and become aligned with our true
purpose. When we find that purpose — our true "work" — we are in bliss
and in love with it because we are doing what we were meant to do. It
could be in business, in the arts or science, or even being a parent.
So, in essence, we are then living to work — to express our
work, our purpose, our joy, our bliss. That is what I mean by living to
work. And I believe there is a very good chance that when we are
aligned with that work, we become a magnet to the material riches that
the Universe has for us and we are open to the abundance that surrounds
I could never live a life doing nothing but traveling, vacationing,
lunching, shopping at posh department stores or spending hours at a
country club. I for one will always need to be expressing myself in
some joy-filled work — my soul demands it. Just like my body needs to
A very clear picture comes to mind. There is a wonderful movie — Always — a Steven
Spielberg film and remake of the original A Guy Named Joe.
The original is about a woman whose fiance — a military pilot —
"returns" after death to guide her to new love. In the modern version,
the pilots are firefighters whose planes spray the forests to
I saw a documentary about Spielberg filming the movie and in one
segment he was lifted high in the sky in a crane to check out the scene
and lay of the land. All around him were the blazing fires and I recall
hoping they weren't real trees but props and special effects. What
struck me so intensely was when he took his eyes away from his camera,
stood up, threw up his arms and yelled, "MY GOD, I LOVE THIS BUSINESS!"
is living to work. Mr. Spielberg doesn't have to do this for money. He
has all the passive income in the world.
Now this subject surfaced because this businessman and I were
discussing the potential for books and other information products to
create passive income. Those are wonderful avenues for prosperity, but
for me, they don't take the place of showing up to communicate with my
students or exchanging prosperity energy in interviews or in classes.
This reminds me of another old adage out there — that "showing up is
half the battle." Passive income? Showing up? I say, why not have both? There are no
limits in this abundant Universe.
If you are employed in a job and "working to live" in a position that is
not aligned with your talents, your values or your passion, it is time
to consider a change. Even if it's an entry position, being immersed in
work that you love will put the Universe on speed dial, move you up
quickly and bring fulfillment to your life. Dr. David Viscott, renowned
psychiatrist, bestselling author and media personality, once advised a
radio caller in this matter. The woman was unhappy at her job; her
passion was to be an artist. Viscott told her to find a job where she
would be surrounded by what she loved, such as working in an art
gallery. I thought this was excellent advice and in alignment with the
laws — what we put our attention on, we attract.
What If I Don't Know My Purpose?
If you don't know what your right work is and are searching for
direction, you are not alone. It's likely that a majority of people
have not discovered their purpose and I believe that is the primary
reason for lack of fulfillment in life. Many are settling for less and
working below their potential because of fear, financial insecurity and
ignorance of the prosperity laws.
The intelligence within you knows exactly what work will bring you
happiness and your alignment with Universal Intelligence will bring you
The great teacher, Dr. Joseph Murphy, once gave me words to stir up the
forces of "right direction" on my behalf. Here are two versions...
Infinite Intelligence reveals to me my true place in life, where I am
doing what I love to do, divinely happy and divinely prospered.
Infinite Intelligence opens up a new door of expression for me, where I
am doing what I love to do, divinely happy and divinely prospered.
— Marilyn Jenett
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