It’s that work love time again. Is all well in your world save for, a twitchy eye? While most of us find this phenomenon absolutely maddening, it often makes me laugh and also reminds me to check in with my self and everything else that’s going on in my life.
So far today (it’s about 8:30 in the morning and I’ve been up since 5 or so, per my regular “schedule”) I have completed a myriad of tasks and things I’ve desired to do for learning and enjoyments sake and now as I write this I can’t help but think, this is normal, right? Being “productive”, at least according to those who would have us believe so, is what being human is all about since the beginning of time. *Just writing that increased my eye twitching 🤪
From everything I’ve gleaned from internetland, eye twitching is a mostly normal occurrence that is initiated by things you may already be familiar with: stress, fatigue, too much caffeine, dry eyes and so on. Tho my search further into the world of eye twitching did just turn me on to a condition called benign essential blepharospasm and yeah, it’s about what you may imagine it is….persistent, frequent eye twitching.
But enough agony about that, this entry is about loving your work, eye twitch or no. I just wanted to give you a more humorous lead in to the day’s thoughts and process about work and the challenges that can come with it.
Let’s look at loving your work when there’s stress in it, we’ll start small.
Take a few minutes now to think about what lies ahead for you with your work. Is there anything in what you will be doing that you don’t love? I love everything I do and yet, when other things are happening in my life (like my eye twitching!) it’s impossible to compartmentalize everything so that I can just go along lovingly every step of the way whistling while I work (tho I absolutely love whistling and do so at times while moving through my day and highly recommend it!)
If you’ve zeroed in on something, again, we’re starting small here (for not loving the entirety of your work we’ll be getting to that shortly)…ask yourself now whether there is any way you could possibly love this thing in your work – I mean, how bad is it really? Your work is contributing to the overall function of life and every part of it is a projection of you and your love.
This is reminding me of the film Like Water For Chocolate, wherein Tita, the films magical star, imparts her emotions into the food she prepares and those who eat it then feel the feelings she was experiencing. There are plenty of examples of this elsewhere and the point is, everything you do matters…in your work and elsewhere. The effects of the feelings that you put into every aspect of your work resonate out to those around you (and as you’ve also likely experienced, come back to you) so you have a choice about how to and what kind of feeling to imbue this small part of your work with today.
Can it be love? Yes, yes it can!