We all want to matter. And hence, we want to do something that matters.
Why are we frustrated with what we are doing? It seems it does not matter at all.
Here’s the thing: I believe that everything matters. Every job matters.
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But there may something that you do that seems not to matter at all if it is not aligned to your core.
Thus, you need to do what’s aligned to your core or align what you do to your core.
If you cannot go directly to doing what you think is your core, then understand that what you do now matters to the alignment of what you do to your core.
In other words, there has to be a change in perspective.
One construction worker would say he is laying dirty bricks and concrete and that is all he sees. Another construction worker would say he is building a tower that would be one of man’s wonderful creations.
One accountant would say he is crunching numbers and papers together for 24 hours. Another accountant would say he is helping businesses make better financial decisions by providing accurate financial information.
One payroll officer would say he is spending his time computing huge salaries that he doesn’t even receive. Another payroll officer would say he is spending time helping hard working individuals get their financial reward for their efforts.
One school teacher would say he is trying his best to scold children of others who does not even realize the value of education. Another school teacher would say he is raising up new leaders in this generation by helping them value education no matter how ignorant they maybe are at the start.
One writer would say he is pounding the keys of his computer to write paragraphs and compositions. Another writer would say he is changing the world one story at a time – no matter how small his readership is yet.
Oftentimes, one has to change perspective to be able to realize that what does matter in this world.
That is the first thing: to love what you do. To put passion in your pursuit.
When you learn that first stage, somehow, if you need to change what you do, then you are ready to move to the second stage:
This is: to do what you love. To pursue your passion.
(We’ve covered more on stage 1 in this article. We’ll expound on stage 2 in another post.)
Whether you are in stage 1 or 2, when you put things into perspective, you will realize that what you do matters. And when you are, you will put more energy and enthusiasm.
And your days will be more vibrant and happy. Just as you wish it would be.
Not an easy endeavour I know. I experience challenges too amidst this realization and teaching I encountered.
But that’s the spice of it.
It is the part that pushes you to strive rather than to stop.
Today, decide to matter.
Live your life, young mind!
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