Reflections on the word “Work”

What does the word work conjure up for you?  Is it a feeling of excitement?  A sense that you’re about to do something amazing?  A gosh-just-can’t-get-enough-of-what-I-do series of thoughts?

Or does it bring with it a heavy, burdensome sense of obligation?  A feeling of giving and not receiving?  A sense of being taken advantage of?

A feeling of heaviness came over me

Earlier today after my morning walk, I thought to myself, right better get some work done.  And a feeling of heaviness came over me.  Oh-oh I realised, that doesn’t feel right.  I need to reframe that!

I went over in my mind what the word work meant to me, and I felt this real sense that when I talked about work to myself, it was all about having to do things that I didn’t want to do, in a place I didn’t want to be, for people I didn’t want to be around – all so that I could earn (not enough) money.

Wowzers – what a bundle of confusing, counteractive, unconstructive thought patterns!  Not unusual for us humans.

I bundled up those feelings, called in my angels and said “I choose to release that”.  And a great weight lifted from my shoulders – aahhh!

Reframe time!

I decided that I would remove the word “work” from my vocabulary.  Instead I’m now calling it “talent channelling”.  In doing that, it opens up the possibilities that I can use any or all of my many talents and skills.  Instead of getting that feeling of heaviness, I can now sense endless possibilities.

Which means that when I spend time writing or creating social media strategies or networking or talking to fellow collaborators or sorting out websites or recording videos or sharing knowledge and wisdom or any of a million other ways to channel my talents, is merely how I choose to express myself at that time.

  • It takes a great pressure off those talents to create income for me in the form of the equation talent + time = financial reward
  • It leaves me free to decide which talent, and in what form, is needed in the moment
  • It frees money up to come to me in lots of ways, including through my talents
  • It takes away those feelings of heaviness and obligation.  A much better outcome!

Have your say

What do you think of when you say the word work?  I’d love to know!

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