What makes the difference between good and bad days for you? I used to think this distinction hinged on a balance of good news and caffeine, but lately I’ve noticed that I feel the most happy and fulfilled on days when I simply try really hard at something. After all, good news and fortunate windfalls only effect my mood for a week at most, but the exhilarated feeling that comes from working on an intense project can last months. It is often really hard to get this kind of stimulation when we spend our days at less-than-stellar jobs, but I think the trick is always to seek out new ways to make our work and home lives meaningful to us. When I worked as a copywriter this meant making gym dates before hitting the office each morning, and when I worked as a bartender this meant inventing my own cocktails. I see people I love make life/work changes like this every so often, and the powerhouse of energy they become causes me to trip backwards in awe (except of course, when this life change involves a cult – in this case I stage an intervention, so please say no to the Kool-Aid).
I think this just goes to show that one of the most dangerous things in life is not caring, but one of the boldest yet simplest things we can do is approach our jobs (at home and in the office) with a sense of urgency. As a matter of fact, the 16th president of these here sates couldn’t have said it better…
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
Psst: I found this sweet photo on One Image. One Day. One Life. via Pinterest. Can’t you almost taste the coffee through the pixels? Even if you are going without coffee and good news right now, how are you making your day brighter? Do you have any tricks for feeling more invested in your work and home lives? Do tell! Leave a comment.