Work itself is the reward. If I choose challenging work it will pay me back with interest. At least I’ll be interested even if nobody else is. And this attempt for excellence is what sustains the most well lived and satisfying, successful lives. ~ Meryl Streep
I am a big believer in working hard. I grew up in a large family and ever since I can remember I have had chores and responsibilities around the house. I got my first paying job when I was 16 years old and that’s just the way I was brought up. A work ethic was very important in our family. Everyone was expected to contribute their share towards the good of the family and to work together as much as possible to form a team.
When my husband died a number of years ago, I continued to work outside the home because I needed to support myself and my son and it also kept me moving forward. It brought structure into my daily routine at a time when most other things were constantly changing. There were times when it was jarring; especially when it was time to leave work and go home. For a split second while walking to my car, I would always think about calling my husband to tell him I was leaving and then I would remember that he was no longer here.
That said, it’s important to do something you really love or something that makes you feel as though you are always learning something new. I have a job where I work in an office downtown and I am paid to do that work. But I am not paid to write this blog. I write this blog because I enjoy it and because I need to write it. I started Cry, Laugh, Heal in December 2010 to help people become more comfortable talking about grief and how you can rebuild your life after losing a loved one.
People can tell if you approach your work with a certain amount of pride or if you could care less about what you do. I hope you can tell how much I love my readers and how much thought I put into trying to help others who are also on a grief journey. I never want anyone to feel as though they are alone or that there is no hope for the future. There is always hope!!!!!!!
Whether your work is mental, physical or a combination of both, it can feel so good to put in a hard day’s work. Once in awhile I do wonder what it would be like if I didn’t have to work. Of course, it would be great, but I would still need to find something meaningful to do. I know I would still write Cry, Laugh Heal.