I read an article recently on a blog which talked about getting a break from your life and work. It talked about how individuals should make time for themselves, meditate, love and pray so that they can get rid of stress and anxiety. When we make time for ourselves, we can then be productive at work.
Anybody who reads something like that would find that to be pretty decent advice. In my opinion, the person who had written it had no insight into life at all.
I want to discuss the entire concept of stress, anxiety and how it relates to the work that we do.
The material and Spiritual World:
Always remember that life and work are not separate. The reason why people become stressed out and develop anxiety is because they have divided life into two parts: Spiritual and Material.
Certainly, there is a visible and an invisible aspect of life, but they are not in division in any way. In fact, the material world is simply and extension of the spiritual world. The spiritual world as well is an extension of the material world.
Because we have divided the material world and spiritual world, therefore we have also divided various things in existence. Certain things are categorized under spirituality, whereas others are simply material.
If life is lived in this way then stress and anxiety will be the norm.
Life and Work are one:
I look back at the last three years of my life and I do not recall a single moment where I was stressed. My friends think I’m a little crazy because I do not join them for any outings, trips or night-outs. They have always invited me to join them for a picnic or an international trip and I have always declined the offer by saying that I didn’t have the money.
At times, even I would find it strange that I never used to get stressed. Later, I realized that I have not created any sort of a division between work and play. To me, both work and play had almost become synonymous. Therefore, taking a break wasn’t necessary at all.
Unfortunately, for most people, play is just a preparation to get ready for work. Even when people play, their intention behind play is not the playing itself. Their playing has a goal in it. They play just so that they can come back to sanity. Once they have come to sanity, they get back to work and become insane again. Then again, they go out to play.
Work as well is not done for its own joy. People don’t work for the sake of work. People work just to gather enough stress which can then be released on the weekend.
Life is a vicious circle:
Life is nothing but a vicious circle. Nothing is done as an end. Every action that we do is with a motive to achieve a certain goal. You work for five days, just so that you can get wasted on the weekend.
I have seen my own friends who do this. They get so tired of working that they apply for leaves. Sometimes, if your boss is generous, you may get a leave for a month. Now most people would get very excited the moment they get a one month leave, but just a single week of vacation and they are already sick of it. Now they are hoping to get back to work.
This is how your life becomes a constant conflict between joy and anxiety. People say that they would like to be happy, but it is not true. The moment they become happy, they find ways to again drown themselves into unhappiness. This is why I say that life is just a vicious circle. People have simply become puppets in the hands of some unknown forces.
We have no clue where we are going, what we’re doing, and why we’re doing. We just go on and on forever without stopping to think for a moment.
Man is a Mechanism:
If you just observe the way certain people behave, you will find it impossible to believe that these people have souls at all. Man is basically a mechanism. Very rarely, once in a while you will come across a person who is really blissful.
More than ninety percent of the world is almost a mechanism. People are not living, they are simply operating. My own experiences in life have taught me a very important lesson that unless you start doing what you love it is impossible to be human.
Choose something you Love to do:
A lot of people choose their careers based on the amount of money that they’re going to make and this is where all problems begin. The moment you give money more importance in your life, then your work becomes a responsibility and not a play anymore.
My own point of view is that if an individual can choose to do a particular thing that he loves to do, then money will come as a consequence. In life, you can choose to either have money or the thing which you love to do. If you choose the former, you will never be able to enjoy your work. If you choose the latter, then even if you don’t earn money, you will still be happy.
What I have noticed is that people do not want to take that kind of a risk. They would rather choose to survive than to live a life of risk.
Choosing to do what you love is a risk:
Choosing to do what you love is a risk, because love does not bother about survival. Love is blind in the sense that it does not see the consequences. Love is spontaneous. A person who chooses to do what he loves does not bother about money because his work gives him enough contentment.
There is a beautiful saying of Jesus which has inspired me and will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything else shall be added unto you”. What Jesus is basically saying is that a man has not to choose the mundane things in life. He has to put his focus on the highest goal of life which is God. God is the ultimate goal of life.
A man who lives his life in search of God will have every other need taken care of.
When you choose to do something that you love, you have indirectly chosen God because God is always found in things which you love.
On the other hand, if you do not choose to do what you love and get involved with mundane things in life, then God is unconcerned about you.
It is God’s job to take care of your Survival:
Always remember that in life your survival is not in your hands. Right now you may say that you are breathing, but that is not the case. It is not you who is breathing. Breathing happens without you wanting to breathe. Someday if God decides to stop breathing inside of you, you will die.
If a complex process of survival such as breathing is taken care of by God, then why can’t God take care of your finances? The problem is that man wants to conquer. Having money gives you power, but power will not give you food. If you were on the deathbed and you had to choose between a piece of bread and power, what would you choose?
There is a clear choice for everybody in life. If you want to take care of your survival then do not complain about your work. Do not say that you are stressed and anxious. You do not have the right to complain if you have already made the choice to take survival in your hands.
On the flipside, if you have chosen to focus on the higher values in life, then everything that comes below it is automatically taken care of.
The money will automatically be taken care of if you can do your work with love. On the other hand, if you are doubtful and if you feel the need to take care of your survival, then your survival will be certain. In fact, not just survival, you may live in luxury, but on the inside, you will be dead.
Always remember that in life, doing what you love to do is one of the most difficult tasks because it demands a lot of courage from your side. It demands that you put your survival at stake and give all of your attention to the higher values in life. A man who can sacrifice survival for higher things in life has taken the first step towards living a meaningful life.
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