All of us, almost all of the time, wish Life were different. That it were not this but that. And when our wishes don’t come true, as they almost always won’t, we grieve, we plunge into misery and suffer.
Now, here’s the truth: Your idea of Life is never going to happen.
Life is not about those great moments when everything that you envisioned for yourself is happening. Much of Life is about doing the dishes, driving to work, attending painfully boring meetings, dropping the kids to art class on Sundays, having meaningless cups of tea with the boss, paying bills, filing them, attending inconsequential meetings of your condominium’s administrative association, mowing the lawn, cleaning your car, picking up laundry from the cleaners and so on and on and on…..The key to enjoying Life is to be able to enjoy these “listless” moments too!
You will die a thousand deaths, even as you are alive, if you are going to spend your Life mourning about “work” that you don’t enjoy. There will always be work to do and therefore there will always be stuff that you hate doing. Complaining about it, hating it and treating it as a burden is going to make your work__and Life__a drudgery. Surely.
Instead treat Life as a festival. Celebrate it. In a celebration, in a festival, even the most menial task gives you joy. I have a Bengali friend. He leads the Bengali Association in Bengaluru from the front. Every year, during the Dusherra festival, he and his friends in the Association, organize the Durga Puja in Bengaluru. Several years ago, when we used to work together and we also lived in Bengaluru, my friend invited us to the witness the festival, the Durga Puja. I remember him saying, “It is fun. Come along if you have the time. I have a very small role in organizing it. I have taken the responsibility to have the waste, the garbage, cleared without it causing a mess, a litter there. But it is fun!” I recall wondering how clearing garbage can be fun. Now, I know it can be.
Life can be fun, a celebration! Or drudgery. It really depends on what you want it to be!
Think about it. Why do you work? So that you can live! Now, why would you want to live, while dying every single moment? Living is not going to be fun unless you want it to be. Unless you make it fun! Remember this: Your idea of Life is never going to happen! So, might as well enjoy__and celebrate__Life’s idea for you!