Doing the Work We’re Intended to Do


Mindful Wellness / Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you doing the work you’re intended to do? Or are you doing the work someone else intends you to do?

I spent most of my career doing the latter. I was doing the work other people told me I was supposed to be doing. It was an unhappy time.

I developed unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with it. I told myself being unhappy was part of having to work. It came with the territory.

Just rolling with it is slowly changing this for me. I’m doing more work I’m intended to do. I’m feeling happier as a result.

Another way I look at this is the work I want to do vs. the work I have to do. The work I want to do is the work I’m intended to do. The work I have to do is the work someone else intends me to do.

This week was a combination of the two. The week started with work I had to do. It felt draining. I distracted myself often. A mild malaise or even slight depression crept into the picture.

This feeling even stuck around for a day after I finished this work. It took a day to transition from the work I had to do, to the work I wanted to do.

I spent today mostly doing the work I want to do. I feel grateful for that.

How about you?

Are you doing the work you’re intended to do? Or are you doing the work someone else intends you to do?