“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” Hardy D. Jackson
Oh what good guidance this is, but how many of us actually live this way…leading with our hearts?
How true this is in regard to relationships and jobs. According to Jackson, we should abandon ship when we’re no longer ‘feelin it’. I think this is a fair statement, especially in relationships. I’m a big proponent for not stringing people along. It’s not fair to either party to be in something when your heart isn’t in it. Prolonging the pain just makes it more painful.
I’m sure there is a statistic for this, but I would assume that the majority of people are not being true to themselves in their jobs. How many of you love what you do for work? Can you honestly say that everyday you go to work and ‘your heart is in it.’ Those who can say yes to this are blessed and I invite you to comment on how to achieve that. Most of us, are governed by our heads rather than our hearts when it comes to our careers. This seems logical and practical, but then again when it comes to something you do for 7.5 hours (excluding commuting time) per day, at least 5 days a week, so basically most of your life, don’t you think we’d want our hearts to play a bigger role?
I know it all sounds rather idealistic, but if I don’t strive for idealism then I may as well not get up in the morning.
One way to reconcile this is with something one of my favorite people told me: she said, if you can’t do a job that you absolutely love, then find something you can love about the job you have.
With that said, I’m ecstatic that I have a snow day off from work tomorrow 🙂
You may have noticed, that Tracey’s Truth has a new look. The banner picture of the ocean at the top of the page is actually a picture that I took on the beach in North Carolina. Total serenity! I thought it was time for a little change, a new look, something to inject some fresh inspiration into my writing. I’ve been completely uninspired lately, as you can see by the major lapse in time since my last post. The tedious monotony of my corporate gig has been sucking my creative well dry. It’s got me thinking about change.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear “change” is the transformation I went through 2 and 1/2 years ago. Changing my lifestyle, my city, my friends, my attitude, my thinking, my behaviors, basically everything. Today, however, I’m thinking about all of the changes that are going on at work. Work…boring, I know. But, I’ve realized how comfortable I’ve become in my work environment, the people in it, my commute, my daily responsibilities, etc. Dare I say I’ve become complacent? God must have noticed because now everything is different. Half of the office was laid off, my closest co-workers are no longer there (the ones who make the day enjoyable), and I’m left asking myself what I’m going to do.
Changing jobs is never easy, let alone changing careers. Do you ever ask yourself, do I really want to be doing THIS for the rest of my life? At first, the thought of making a career change sounds exciting and energizing, but then when I actually have to narrow down what that would look like and what it would require, I get an anxiety attack. I read numerous blogs and articles about people who have made the leap into a new, more fulfilling career doing what they love, and I’m always amazed by it. It seems so far from my reality. The numerous voices in my head tell me that it’s impossible FOR ME and that I can’t do it. Maybe they could do it, but they’re different from me.
The other voices in my head tell me that the grass is always greener and that I’m lucky to have a job that pays the bills. Why would I want to rock the boat? But, doesn’t that sound so boring? We have one life on this planet and we should dare to dream and push the boundaries of what confines us. And it sounds like that would take a lot of effort. That’s just my Monday exhaustion talking. I don’t know what it would take for me to make this kind of change. All I can do right now is stay open to the possibility that anything is possible…