"The Lovers Will Outwork the Workers"
When I do something because I "have to," there is only so much energy I bring to the table, and I'm subconsciously conserving energy, trying to be as efficient as possible with my time and effort. When I do something because I "get to," I'm all in. I'm fully invested in the moment, the process and the outcome. To say it as I've heard it said before, the lovers will outwork the workers.
We all know people that are dutiful, keeping their nose to the grindstone and work consistently—even though they don't care deeply about what they do. When I worked at MAPSCO (a metals finishing company in Seattle), I met some people whose work ethic provoked me to do more, faster, not because I loved the job, but because of the value of hard work. To say it differently, one worker inspired another worker to work harder. Many of us also know people who not only work hard, but bring an infectious enthusiasm and deeper meaning to what they do. These people live with purpose and passion, they're not working for a paycheck or counting down the minutes until they clock off. It's like they live on a higher place, have a deeper well of energy to draw from, and have not only grit, but glow. While I might respect and learn from someone who is a hard worker, the one who overflows with passionate energy affects not only the product, but the people around her. This is because she changes things, not just does things. The passionate person indeed works hard, and does more than merely work.
So today, dig deep. Tap into your purpose, your passions, tap into love. Do what you do with a smile, not because you're getting paid, but because there is a deeper meaning to your life. Not only will your work be more effective, it will be transformative. Not only will you do more, you will leave an imprint and an invitation. The imprint will be the mark you leave on the place you're in, the change in the atmosphere. The invitation is for others to be and become more fully alive.
Be a lover, not just a worker.
To being fully alive,