Back on Valentine’s Day, I read an article that blew my mind. In the post Why Love Matters More (And Less) Than You Think, Umair Haque talks about just how love fits into every part of our lives, including our work. He says:
You can’t love your work, if you don’t suffer for the art and craft in it … You have to take a deep breath and plunge into the arduous journey of figuring out why you’re really here, who you are — and why it matters.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that doing stuff you love is part of my favorite topics to explore. Doing what you love is the new “following your dream” paradigm. Doing what I love is what got me to write a freaking book.
- Pursuing projects you love means granting yourself the love and space you need to enjoy every minute you have. It means giving your best to the world and to those around you. (If you aren’t excited about what you do, why would anyone else be?)
- Getting better at working out is a slow and gentle process to make your life easier, more enjoyable and even longer. Imagine working out with a goal in mind that doesn’t involve skinny jeans or a six-pack. How about being more able and functional in your everyday activities? How about sticking around longer for the people you love?
- Spending time with loved ones can be something you do for them as much as you do it for yourself. If you love those around you, you give them the time and attention they deserve — not just the time and attention you need.
- Having some fun and taking time away from work (no matter how much you love it) is a gentle and genuine way of giving yourself and your brain the time needed to recover and come back even stronger. If you love your creative process, you will love the down time you need, as well.
Are you more on board after reading that line? Where else does love fit into our lives? Where can it propel us forward?
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