Why "the Work" Never Ends
Today we discuss whether the work ever comes to an end.
Does the work have a time limit?
People often ask, “How long do I have to keep doing the work?” This question arises from a misunderstanding based on the notion that work of any kind is drudgery, and that work stops when a goal is attained.
First of all, the work is not drudgery. The work is the activity that is at the center of your life. You would do it all the time if you didn’t have to eat, sleep, maintain your health, maintain your relationships, and exchange your labor for a paycheck. It makes no sense to think of the work as something you want to put behind you. Anything of that sort is not the work, since it is nowhere near the center of your being.
Second, the work doesn’t ever stop, no matter how many goals you attain. Can you ever create enough beauty? Can you ever create enough usefulness? Can you ever create enough art, music, philosophy, and the like? Can you ever stop becoming better—that is, more creative? The work is your default activity, what you go back to doing automatically when the other things you must do are done. Work that stops when the goal is attained is an obligation. The work never stops—and you wouldn’t want it to.
After the weekend, we will consider whether, as we suggest, the work can change the world.
Until Monday, then.
Posted on 1 February 2013
by Alfred George filed under