Notice, I did not promise much, just to make a job you hate bearable. Expecting too much makes life unbearable.
Nothing erodes contentment as fast as false expectations. With today’s job market, nothing seems to hold out greater expectations than getting that degree. What to do?
Three Emotional Fitness Tips
Tip one: Hold fast to the reality that a job is a job because you get paid to do it. Period. End of thought.
Tip two: As a poet once said, “I have to live with myself and so, I have to be good for myself to know…” Translation, live honorably, so no matter what you end up getting paid to do, you are good for you to know.
Of course, the question of what is honorable confuses many. Well, despite all those who protest there are no hard and fast moral laws — the sages of the ages and today’s researchers have discovered three. Be caring and fair. are the first two, and it is the violation of the third that has lead the world astray. The third? Be caring and fair to all, not just those like you or in your circle of family and friends.
In terms of work, whatever you are paid to do, do it well, take pride in doing it well, and at the same time see yourself as part of a bigger world, a bigger universe that you are helping to run.
Tip three: Build contentment and happiness unrelated to work. Follow your dreams as long as following them brings contentment. EFTI’s business motto is “Make money doing good.” It runs in the red but builds contentment and happiness for me first because it does some good and that matters to me, but also because I love the job of writing and getting thoughts out there that might help others.
If you have one of the worse jobs in the world you might find the above hard to pursue. Think about this, however, if you are living in extreme poverty any job might find you grateful to be paid to work.
Also think about this. The Irish have a saying, “Enough is a feast.” If you are reading this, you are not living in extreme poverty; moreover, no matter how poor you feel you are rich. Be grateful. You might not find this easy, but the more you just say “Thank you” off and on during the day, and particularly for what isn’t so nice, the more your life improves.
Thank you for all you do including liking, commenting, or sharing. Kindness is blesses the giver and the receiver.
Links of interest
- Deliberate Kindness: (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
- 12 Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (Amazon.com
Word Press Daily Prompt Nightmare Job
In honor of Labor Day in North America, tell us what’s the one job you could never imagine yourself doing.
I’ve shoveled manure as a teen so I could ride horses for free. I’ve been a parent and foster parent which means I have done almost every difficult job there is. The hardest job for me, would probably be cleaning up vomit. Just the thought starts me gagging. However, there is a process known the behaviorists as habituation — you get used to almost everything that does not kill you. So probably in time, I could to the vomit stuff. Life goes on, at least until it ends. Until then stay strong and make the most of what you have been given.