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Loving Your Work

Love is the energy that makes all things possible… with true compassion we can solve all the problems of the world…
Danielle talks about the value of loving work – and how to express your love for work…

“Love your work and the money will follow”

Old adage or practical truism? In my experience this old saying speaks truth.

The average person will commit more than one hundred thousand hours to work in their lives. Something like 1/3 of your life is dedicated to putting a roof over your head and food on your table – and taking the odd vacation with the family. That’s a lot of time to be dedicated to something you don’t love…. over time, you’ll wear out from it, burn out, crash, and yes, die.

Perhaps more importantly, once the flow of loving energy in your work has been blocked, you lose your creativity – and you’ll find it harder and harder to achieve even the most basic financial goals. When you finally do manage to acquire some security, you’ll likely be so bitter and resentful about the price you paid, that you can’t enjoy your accomplishments. That almost happened to me.

How to Love Your Work

By M.L. Danielle Daoust

I love my work, and I have always loved working, ie achieving, “making something of myself”. But not loving my job almost killed me, once upon a time. When I was deep into a quite successful, but incredibly stressful corporate career in the world of technology – and very unhappy. It took kidney failure and then financial disaster to push me into discovering the significance of loving my work. Interesting too, that since I began loving my work I also found real personal happiness and prosperity.

In the years when I chased money, I could never find enough to keep up with our needs… now that I chase my passion, well… let’s just say that I own my business, I bought my first home, I’m driving a car I love and wearing clothes that I feel good in…. and my son and I are more content with life than we ever believed possible.

Fortunately, recent Stats reports indicate that a very high proportion of North Americans – something better than 85% – are happy with their work. So it’s very likely that even if you can’t say that you LOVE your work, you can probably say that you are mostly happy on the job. And from there, it’s actually just a couple of small steps to falling in love with your work.

  • Love opens doors, love smoothes the flow of other energies,
  • Love stabilizes and centers all in its sphere,
  • Love presents solutions when problems appear.

Ultimately, the energy of Love enables you to express yourself in all of your glory.

What better reason to love your work?

On Loving Work

Step One – Understanding Why

When you understand the why of something, it’s easier to commit to following through… so here are six good reasons for deciding to fall in love with your work.

  • work will go easier, work will be a lot more fun, exhilerating, even – and you’ll be a lot more productive.
  • you’ll find it much easier to work with employers, colleagues and clients, and to get what you want, when you need it.
  • you will be inspired at the right moments, motivated to be creative, resourceful in resolving conflicts.
  • resources, the ways and means of achieving goals, will come to you more naturally.
  • you’ll find yourself earning the money and respect you need – and more – easily.
  • you’ll have more energy and enthusiasm for extra-curricular activities, home, family, sports, hobbies…

There’s something else you need to understand, in order to know why loving your work is so important. This isn’t just New Age, flower child sillosophy. Love is a specific type of energy. In fact, Love is one of the most vital, most powerful forces in our lives. Love drives us to acts of great heroism – and to random acts of kindness… Love counteracts fear and propels us into right action, when we let it.

As pure raw energy, love serves to balance all that it touches. It creates opportunity for growth by presenting the methods necessary to follow through on objectives. When love is present in a person, group, or work, it is always much easier to succeed.

Step Two – Knowing How

So, you’re happy with your work, maybe you even love it a little… how to you go about falling in love with it, really embracing your work with love, infusing love in all you do? You show you have a heart for your work in a lot of little ways:

express yourself…. expressing yourself in work takes a lot of forms – beginning with choosing work that is a natural expression of your talents and interests! Once on the job, follow your natural inclinations to learn more, be willing to ask questions, and to share your ideas…. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR WORK. Expressing yourself also means taking risks – being willing to go out on a limb for what is right, or simply to make a good suggestion for improving your environment.

attend to the details… this means being observant, noticing who needs what, when and taking a little extra time to do the job right the first time. The little things count… You show how much heart you have for your work with the little things that you do – taking time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, to double check sums and spelling, to refill the copy machine for the next person These are the ways that we love our work.

commit and extend yourself – go the extra mile. Going above and beyond the call of duty, being willing to do a little extra expresses your commitment to doing a job well.

organize yourself – yes loving your work means being organized; we show our love by taking care of business, establishing and then following through with the systems, methods and procedures that enable work to flow efficiently. Write and follow through on your “Do” lists, keep your appointment calendars up to date, be as prompt about submitting time sheets and expense reports as you are about showing up for meetings. Years ago, one of my very good bosses scared the daylights out of me by opening a conversation so: “Danielle, I am getting tired of moving you around. Every time I think I have you settled into a good position, you eliminate it or reduce the job to half the time. So we’re promoting you, you’ll report to Sytems and Methods on Monday.” It was the best promotion ever… and it came because I took the time to organize myself and the job, and it doing so, invariably found more effective ways of doing the work – in less time. I love to work…

sensitize yourself – notice what’s going on around you and be responsive to it; be willing to “feel” on the job, to feel for your clients, colleagues, subordinates and employers – try to walk in their mocassins for a mile or two, to see life and your work from their perspective.

be accountable – a willingness to account for your time and actions is probably one of the most effective ways to express your love for work. Being accountable means that we’re prepared to be responsible, to avoid blaming others when things go wrong.

Be creative, resourceful, open and flexible…. Know what your options are, and be willing to be different, to try new patterns and ideas. When you’re faced with a blockage, be willing to consider the alternatives – think about going around, under or over an obstacle, as opposed to pushing your way through it. Take time to consider the purpose of the obstacle, what it represents energetically and what lessons or experiences can be gained from addressing it. SEIZE THE DAY! Every cloud has a silver lining – seek the opportunities presented in your difficulties and you’ll move past them with ease.

listen to yourself as well as others – listening is the sense that is most closely associated with the heart. When you are listening, you are in receive mode and if you’re listening with your heart, you’ll also be picking up on a long list of non-verbal cues and energetic flows that will provide a whole lot more information – and insight – than the words by themselves can tell you.

trust – the more you are willing to trust yourself and others on the job, the easier it is to get the job done. When you trust in your colleagues, you can focus on your own responsibilities, and you won’t be wasting time looking over others’ shoulders.

appreciate, express gratitude…. this is especially important if your job is a means to an end… the truth is that not every job is loveable… however, when we see work as the way we can support our personal passions, as a way to enjoy other aspects of our lives, and we are grateful for the opportunities our work presents to us, we can learn to love our jobs… just for what they provide for us. Gratitude, giving thanks, is probably one of the most powerful ways that we express love, – the more we give thanks, the more love we are spreading around…

Loving your work leads you naturally into a whole lot of good values…

For example: Having heart for your work will naturally lead to your being accountable for yourself on the job… think of a working mother with a small child… child awakens in the middle of the night screaming… mother may have fallen into a dead sleep exhausted, but she has sensitized herself to that child, she is “listening” for it, even in a deep sleep, and so she naturally gets up to tend to it, no matter how she feels… she is accountable to that child. Having made the commitment as mother, she knows it is her responsibility to respond to it… Even in the middle of the night, groggy and not so creative, mother will be resourceful enough to know what this child needs, and then how to respond to it… this is what love is about…. Translate those same skills, that same heart to the workplace, and you have a real winner!

Here’s an example of what loving your work can mean… you have a choice between two restaurants, each with their menus in the window… you see that each has about the same fare, but the prices on one are just a little higher, so you decide on the less expensive menu… as you open the door, you hear pots clattering in the kitchen, you see a greasy-looking chef standing in the doorway. He’s angry about something, slams the wall with his fist, and when he sees you walk in he slams the door behind him as he enters the kitchen. As you sit down – if you get that far – you notice the place is almost empty, that several tables haven’t been cleared and it looks like last week’s pie is sitting out attracting flies on the counter. Chances are, you don’t bother to open the menu – it would be outdated and also grease-stained. If you dared to eat, you’d go home with a belly-ache.

Looks like restaurant number two might be worth the extra money. As you enter the restaurant, the smell of fresh bread wafts through the door and you hear the cook singing at his work. You are met by a friendly host who shows you to a warm and comfortable booth. She offers you a drink as you settle into your seat and places a fresh jug of lemon water on the table for you. There’s lovely music playing in the background and the room is humming with quiet conversation. Before you know it, you’ve ordered some wine and an appetizer, loosened your belt, kicked off your shoes and settled in for an enjoyable interlude. When dinner arrives, the plate is attractive, and soon you discover that every bite has been perfectly, lovingly prepared.

Everything is so good, you have to try their desserts, and what the hey, you’re having such a pleasant time, so unexpectedly, that you have one of those wonderful specialty coffees. On your way out, you leave a fat tip and take a moment to thank the chef. By the time you get home, you notice that you’ve reenergized, so you decide to tackle that paperwork in your briefcase – and then, you sail through it and even have time – and energy – to watch the late show with your partner….

The cook in restaurant number two clearly loved his work – and he infused so much love into his business that he could charge a little extra for his services – and be thanked, appreciated, and valued in the process. Not only that, but this cook spread his love around… his love influenced this customer for many hours after – and may have contributed to his customer’s success on the job the next day…..

The best part of this story is that this customer will return, again and again.
The energy of a loving work enriches all who participate in it – for a very long time!

Love Energy for Conflict Resolution

Applying the energy of love is one of the most effective ways of resolving conflict. The energy of one loving person can influence and redirect the activities of whole populations. Think of the powerful influence Mother Theresa held over our attitudes to the poor. Now think of all of the love that empowered her and pushed powerful people into doing something about her concerns… and think of how that loving energy could be put to work in your life.

Love is a balancing force, so when you actively generate it from within and then approach every situation – including battle – with love in your hearts, you find that there’s a way for both sides to put down their swords – before using them.

Being committed to being loving, no matter what, and therefore to finding the value, seeing the purpose in every situation, will lead you naturally, magically, to solutions. Even when, in the heat of the moment, you are unable to generate any loving feelings for your opposition, if you can love yourself and see value in the conflict, you will find a way of resolving it without pain or violence.

When you love, you are willing to give;

when you love, you trust;

when you love, you understand and you listen….

Exercise – Love your work visualization

Take a few big deep breaths…. feel youself grounded and relaxed…. then visualize someone or something you love… take a moment to really feel the love you have for this person or thing… let it kind of fill you up with good feelings – remember some especially loving moment and charge yourself with this love… see the love flowing in and around you as a pink or green light, (the colours of Divine Love) glowing and warm, brilliant…

Now see yourself at work tomorrow… infuse this scene with the pink and green light, and all the good feelings that you have just experienced… see yourself surrounded by this beautiful light, see it radiating from you as you move around your workplace… then notice how it seems to fill the whole space, until the entire building is radiating and pulsing with this wonderful light…

Now find your home space at work, perhaps at your desk, and focus for a moment on the papers in front of you… notice what is written there, then look around you, notice what and who is around you and how everything feels… then re-center youself on the papers in front of you and ask what is the most important message they contain for you today… look at your calendar or do list and see what is there… what grabs your attention? listen, watch, feel… take a moment to be with youself at work and to notice everything that comes up for you…. what’s going on in your body?

Now, think of someone with whom you have had a conflict recently, or some issue that has troubled you. Call the people involved into your mind, to a meeting of the souls, visualize them coming to a meeting and sitting at a table with you… then visualize your problem, conflict or issue as some kind of symbol and see it on the table in the center of the room. Then see it, and the space around you filling up with this beautiful love energy – feel it infusing you and all around you… then ask the people there in spirit, one by one, what insights they might offer about the problem on the table…. and listen and watch… pay attention to every detail, since these will contain information for you, content in the form of symbols that you can use to clarify whatever insights are offered.

Then take a moment to thank everyone for sharing with you, for coming and participating in this soul meeting , try to visualize loving energy flowing between you – that gorgeous pink or green light… Thank God, your guides and angels and your higher self for helping you open up to love. Then take a moment to listen to yourself, to see if you have any words, images or sensations in you, check around your workplace one last time… recharge the loving energy around you, see the pink or green energy pulsing and vibrating, notice what has changed around you and then come back….

If you can take a moment to record what occurred during this exercise – and then you are very observant in your environment later, you should find some subtle shift will have occurred… the person with whom you have been locking horns recently may approach you to say they have been rethinking their position, and as they begin speaking, you notice that you also have a new idea around this issue – suddenly, there is a breakthrough…

The loving energy you generated in this exercise should have the effect of calming the trouble waters long enough for some balance to be restored, and this balancing opens the doors for new solutions to be presented…. this is how love works.

Loving raises one’s vibrational frequency – and as you raise your frequency, those around you will be naturally inclined to raise theirs.

Thus, through the simple act of loving, you effectively change the world… Love is real Power – use it well – and often!

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