“When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. To love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret. All work is empty save when there is love, for work is love made visible.” Kahlil Gibran
Sometimes it seems like personal growth coaches and experts talk about stuff that seems so unrealistic in our situations. I know, I’ve been there. Sometimes you wonder where they came up with the money or the brilliant ideas that sound so great, yet are so hard to put into practice. And that’s reality: life can be tough.
Then you run into those people who seem to have either fabulous lives, or seem suspiciously happy. Those who seem suspiciously happy (and aren’t living in an altered reality) have learned one of the secrets to a happy life: their attitude.
As Kahlil Gibran reveals, work, or even life, is empty except when love is present. Which is one of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout my years of studying success and people: our attitude and our love for life won’t make the problems go away, but they will make it much easier to deal with the problems as they arrive.
A great attitude doesn’t make the boss less grumpy, but it means we won’t be affected all day by their bad attitude. A great attitude means we can smile at customers after being on our feet for 8 hours. A great attitude means that we learn the lessons in our mistakes and in criticisms and then move on. A great attitude means we’ll develop friendships more easily that will last longer. A great attitude means we’ll give things a try rather than just stamping them “impossible”.
Best of all, you have the power in your hands (well, your head), to make your day at work a success: change your attitude. It’s free to do and anyone can do it, but it does take a bit of work. But you’ll discover that when you look at life with a different attitude, it will be a whole lot easier to start loving who you are and what you do.