I remember in the first few years of my career in around 2003, I was once talking to my dad on the phone. I was complaining that, ‘I have so much work to do.’ He responded to that, ‘It is a good thing if you have work to do.’ In that time, I just thought that how can having to work be a good thing. I just did not want to work that hard then and I was actually finding it difficult.
In retrospect though, over many years, I have realized that how work is so much more than just a career and a paycheck. It is actually the brain-model of your persona and a core-element in providing structure, routine and discipline in your life.
Even if one may not be completely satisfied in their actual role or job all the time, work still gives you a deep infrastructure of existence. Sometimes we feel that if we had all the money in the world, we would be far better off. But one needs to realize that a sense of idleness creates a sense of lack of worth and depression too. Sometimes, all one needs in their day is a push to get up and get around. Once they have started doing that, the brain automatically starts building momentum and helps you carry through.
Work engages your neurons in a way that your focus stays only on what you are doing. This helps to remove the focus on all the things that one does not have control over. When we are idly sitting, at times, we want to visualize being able to do everything and anything. But the reality of life is that, one can only do so much in a given time. That focus to do, what you need to do, comes from a structured work-routine.
In essence, if you are questioning your purpose, just remember that having something meaningful to do is a blessing in and of itself. Even if you cannot visualize the full impact of how and what you may be doing be a big thing, remind yourself that you are engaging the core of your brain with logical work. That is a huge blessing in and of itself.