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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-- Rumi
 

 

Monday, February 28, 2000

Work and love

Whatever you truly love and value, work for it. Put effort into your love, and put love into your efforts. Without effort, love is shallow and insincere. Without love and commitment behind it, effort is mostly wasted.

When you despise your work, what could it possibly accomplish? When you value and love your work, there is no limit to what you can do.

Whether you find a way to do what you love, or a way to love what you do, the result is the same -- a power and effectiveness that will bring all manner of positive things to your life.

With every effort, there are problems and setbacks. Yet they cannot diminish the value of that effort. Get focused on the big picture. If you cannot possibly imagine how you could love what you do, take a step back and put it in a bigger context. If the task seems disagreeable, consider the job. If you can’t love the job, consider the career. Frame your work in a big enough space, and love will give power to your efforts.

— Ralph Marston

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