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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Journal With Impact: Vocation Definition?

Workshop: Six Conversations for Writing Creative Journals

“My desire to make art is not so much a feeling as it is a decision. I choose to continue in spite of my ineffectiveness. I try to do something—anything—to force myself to continue. It doesn’t have to be successful.”  Gaylen Stewart

One thesaurus gives this list for the word work: “Labor, toil, drudgery, exertion, slog, effort, industry, service, grind, sweat, elbow grease, and travail.” They all seem pretty negative to me. Why is that the instinctive perception of work’s process? Where do ideas such as gratifying, exciting, fun, explorative, and satisfying fall into the overall definition?


Based on your own experiences, write a brief paragraph on your personal definition of work, whether paid or unpaid, considering both positive and negative emotions and choices. Then consider a recent project you’ve undertaken and see if your actions actually lined up with your definition.

 Then reflect, if someone were to ask you how you would define your life’s work—how would you answer, or how would you like to be able to answer? Is there any discrepancy for you between the expectation of work and the actual experience?

How might Stewart’s above comment also influence our focus regarding our choices?

Consider that any applications of the way we designate work can impair or increase our quality of success. Or our definition of failure?

If we love to cook, and try out a new recipe making some alterations, and it turns our to be terrible what response defines our “work” attitude? Laughter—grateful we weren’t feeding others—a challenge to find a solution—annoyed and smashing the mess into the garbage?

A chef takes hours to have her masterpiece eaten within an hour. At that same meal an excellent bottle of wine may be emptied too, one product/project completion of a vintner’s years of labor.

When we have a grasp on the expectations of our internal work thermometer it helps us to prepare. Whether assigned projects or not we can choose how we process the actual stages and identify the desires that lead to an end we consider valid. And discover the sync between heart, soul, and head for the long haul.

Action Steps:

1. Do a ten-minute free-write about all the projects you need, and/or want to do? Just write it all down without stopping or thinking or watching sentence structure. Set a timer so you don’t need to clock watch.

2. Now go back through and separate your list out into which are short-term and which are long-term, or ongoing lifetime. Color-code each section.

3. Is one color overpowering the others? Why?

4. Add another color by marking the ones in each category that fill your heart and soul and don’t feel like work.

5. If any are missing this last color, how can you infuse that work with a sense of purpose?

Share: Did the strongest color match your strongest work desires?

Read deep, marcy

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