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Loving what you do

July 21, 2009

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. –George Burns

Every day I get motivational quotations in my email. This is one that I received today, and it struck a chord with me.

For much of my life, I succeeded at jobs I didn’t like very much. I wasn’t left with a feeling of joy. Every day, I was left with a feeling of relief when I could put the work down. Oh, I paid the bills. And I was able to do many other things on the side that were more in alignment with my passion, but I wasn’t really fulfilled.

I would play tricks on myself – tell myself that what I was doing was important for this reason and that reason, tell myself that I was making a difference by doing the work I was doing. But it wasn’t real. It wasn’t what I yearned to be doing.

In my heart of hearts, I have known for many years that my true work is to help folks find their own heart, and then to help them find the path that would lead to their dreams. Oh, the paths are many and varied, and can change in an instant, but when someone knows the sound of their heartsong, they can follow it relentlessly, wherever it leads, and know that they are on track by the joy and gratitude that they feel.

I don’t always achieve my dreams, but I always, always grow when I walk towards them. And one of my best dreams is to help others to do the same.

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