Paid To Do What You Love

My dear friends...

This week let's look at the Holy Experience and your work, or chief activity.

I want to begin this exploration by telling you that your life was never meant to be about "work." Not in the way that most people use the word.

The dictionary defines work as: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result; such activity as a means of earning income; employment; a task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do.

Life was meant to be joy, joy, and more joy--all attainable with no work at all. Mind you, I did not say without effort. I said, without work.

"Effort" does not have to mean "strain" or "stress" or "difficult or unwelcome exertion." Effort can mean, simply: "energy expended." And if that energy is expended happily--as in, for instance, a loving and frolicking sexual encounter, or the making of a snowman, or the swimming of laps in a pool on a sweltering summer's day--it can be a joyful effort. It takes "effort" to swim those laps, but it does not take "work." It takes "effort" to build that snowman, but it does not take "work." It takes "effort" to make love, but it does not take "work."

Any undertaking, even if it is at a place of employment, that brings you happiness, that leaves you brimming with excitement and pleasure, can hardly be called "work."

The Holy Experience is the moment in which we realize that we are being paid to do something that we absolutely love; something that we would pay another to let us do.

Musicians often experience this. Actors and singers and dancers often do. Carpenters and bakers and artists and clothing designers often do. Real estate sales persons often do. In fact, anyone does who loves what she or he is doing.

I'll never forget my first full years in the "work-a-day world." I was 19 years old, had attended college for two years and was invited by the Dean of Men to leave the university in favor of someone who wanted to use my seat to actually learn something--which my grades had demonstrated that I clearly did not seem to care much about.

I was free! My father, who was paying for my tuition and was not too pleased with my flunking out of school, said, "Okay, son. You think you know best? You're on your own." And then I did what I had always wanted to do; something I had dreamed about doing since I was 9 years old: I got a job in radio! I became a bona fide, real live, genuine radio announcer.

I can remember my very first payday. I could not believe--really and truly, plainly and simply, could not believe--that someone was going to actually give me money for doing what I was doing!

What I was doing was sitting in front of a microphone, playing my favorite music for four hours, and talking. In later years I used to tell the joke that I had to turn around and reach behind my back to grab my check because I couldn't look my boss in the eye and take the money. I just loved what I was up to! It was, for me, so easy. It wasn't work at all.

It was right then that I experienced that I didn't have to do something that I didn't like to do, that wasn't any fun, or that I wasn't really all that good at, in order to "earn my keep."

And we will continue this discussion in our next issue.

Hugs and love,

Neale

Comments

Hillis 20th July 2012 8:08 am

Thank you for the distinction between work and effort!!

fairygiggles 27th July 2012 12:18 pm

i love this whole article and WISH i could live this way. unfortunately this is something that's easier said than done for me :\

i can't seem to create the opportunities to do something I love no matter HOW MUCH effort, ideas, creativity, positive thinking, open energy, and "work" i put out into the universe trying to create the opportunitites i desire - i cannot manifest anything i desire to do :( and when i say i've tried, i mean with EVERY ounce of my being for YEARS.

and to survive i have taken on a career that is not remotely in the area of my soul purpose, my personality, or related to anything i love or enjoy. it's mind numbing, soul killing, spirit crushing... and it breaks me down every day.

but i feel like i've searched the ends of the universe for guidance on how to move out of this and into something i love - but i just passed my 4 year mark at this job and it feels like as much as i tried - nothing changed and nothing new was created to lead me out :\

as much as i love this article - what if you're trying to do what you love, but cannot manifest it by any means?

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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.

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