The work that you do is the difference.
The job (typically) is what is sandwiched in between Monday morning and Friday evening, and it is that which makes all the difference.
It is essential to get a job you enjoy or feel an element of fulfilment from doing, because that is a big part of the week.
Not everyone has the luck to live in that world of following your passion. Not everyone has the ability of Steve Jobs, and not everyone can take risks.
We all have our commitments to ourselves and to others.
That is perfectly ok, but it doesn’t mean you can’t try to make a positive movement on where you are at. Make some subtle changes in your day to release the benefit over time. Things always mount up and can be significant over time.
If the work you do doesn’t cut it for you, then fill the gaps in your day with something that does.
I call this ‘pouring the sand in between the rocks in the jar.’ Sounds poncy, and it probably is, but I am past caring about that type of opinion.
Worrying about what others think. That can hold you back from doing anything.
Anyway, back to the rocks…
The rocks are what are immovable. That’s the day job. They sit within the jar – your day.
To get the most out of the day, you need to work out what type of sand (other activities) you want to add into the jar.
Some people gather up the finest sand from the cleanest beaches, and it goes a long way into the spaces within the jar, and they pour freely and with glee. Every corner of that jar is used up.
Other people gather dirt, and others even play around with the mud, and when they add it into the jar, things get stuck.
Clogged with the opinions of others or with a mindset clouded with limiting beliefs. Convincing themselves that they can not change or there is too much force working against them to ground any further development to make the difference.
The odd person will add more concrete that will solidify into a rock-like substance. That person is working too hard. If that is you, then you need to take a chill pill. Live a little.
Some people do not try and have that conversation in their head about the spaces between the rocks. They do not see the gaps.
They are not taking the time to look. Help that person if you can. We all know someone like that, have patience.
The pandemic has been colossal stress for everyone. We all have to protect our rocks and ensure the jar doesn’t break – but we do need to look for the sand, the beautiful fine crystal white sand that sits on the beach of our dreams and fantasies, and we should grasp a handful.
We all deserve a minute in the sun during the day, on that beach with our hands stretched out.
There are moments throughout the day where you have to capture the little wins and celebrate that you have done something.
If you have grabbed at it.
Then that is good enough in these troubled times.
No matter how small that handful of sand is, it still deserves a place in your jar…