Work - A simple word with many definitions and interpretations. To some, work is their lifeline, their passion, the center of their universe. To others it means a paycheck to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. Then to some, work is a 4-letter word, bringing dread at the very sound of it. No matter how you feel about it work is an integral part of everyone's life. No one is completely exempt.
Most of us if we live long enough will experience jobs that we love and jobs that we hate. I have been lucky enough to have both experiences. "Why," do you ask, "do I say lucky enough to have had jobs I hate?" Because without those I wouldn't have appreciated the ones that I truly enjoyed. As the old saying goes, "That that doesn't kill us makes us stronger."
Life has a way of throwing us unexpected curves. If we look at those curves as a new opportunity, good things can happen. In 2004, when health problems forced me to quit a job that I loved as a registration clerk in a local hospital, I was able to spend more time at the gift shop that my sisters and I owned at the time. In 2006 when it was no longer economically feasible to keep the gift shop open I started to look around for something I could do part time to keep me active but yet wouldn't cause added stress to my already painful joints and spine. I decided to try direct sales, or more specifically, selling Avon. Avon was a perfect fit for me. I was able to work on my own schedule; days I didn't feel like working I didn't have to. It got me out with people so I didn't sit at home and get depressed over things I couldn't change. But best of all, it brought me four of the greatest blessings of my life. Through Avon I found the four best friends anyone could ever ask for. We jokingly call ourselves the Fab 5 and the bond we share is nothing short of fabulous. I know I can always count on them no matter what. They have my back and I have theirs.
Work is always going to be a major part of our lives. It doesn't matter if you work at a job or if you are a stay at home mom work is unavoidable. Even the most mundane work can have its benefits and perks and I guess what I'm trying to say is that our attitude toward that work is what determines if we are happy or unhappy in what we are doing. Life is short and it is a shame to go through it only looking at the negative. Whatever your work, find the positive and enjoy each day to the fullest. Be passionate about everything you do.
Until next time...that's my view.
Written for week #33, GBE2 prompt - Work