Wednesday, August 30, 2006

 

You Are Not Your Work

"Be steady and well ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work".- Gustave Flaubert

We confuse our work with ourselves. We see our accomplishments and our failures as important landmarks to our existence. When they are merely 'activities' we have chosen to succeed or fail at. Nothing more.

But the effort often required to be a creative consultant, the hours, and the dedication to client and project, can often lead us into this maze of ignorance.

If you consider yourself an 'observer' in all you attempt and experience instead, your consciousness broadens and you're able to stand apart from your work, seeing it as a mere attenuation of your life dream.

Your work becomes an object, instead of the subject.In this way you may acquire new insights into it; new achievement, too.

As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has said:

"To control attention means to control experience, and therefore the quality of life". I might add---the quality of work, as well.

Have no doubt, it takes attention to hold the mind back from identifying with our work to the detriment of our many selves. We often will willingly dive into experience (work) without attention. It is a numbing, unfeeling, much less perceptive place to rest our attention. Resting our attention is effortless, it requires nothing to exist. From this state we become oblivious, drunk, wayward. And who doesn't want to be that way, when it takes effort and more of the REAL work to remain in attention.

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