your work must align with what you care about

your work must align with what you care about
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Meaningful work is not about motion, it’s about emotion. It’s not just about knocking tasks one by one, rather it’s about investing your time, energy, and presence in pursuits that matter the most to you without any apprehensions or mental/emotional blocks.

At the end of the day, we mold our identities (and our professional lives) not by the things we do, but by what we genuinely care about.

When it comes to showing up at work, whether you work for yourself or an organization, it’s wise to keep these words by Kahlil Gibran always in mind:

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.