Finding Joy in Doing
If we want to get serious about intentional and purposeful living, we need to first do some deep personal reflection. What are my weaknesses? What is hindering me from living the lifestyle I have imagined? What is my Achilles’ heel?
I have dreamed of a life where I have freedom from possessions, consumerism, and clutter. A life where I have the mobility to travel wherever opportunities lay, at the drop of a hat.
For me, the craving to collect copious amounts of literature is a weakness that hinders me from achieving that.
I would assume it reasonable to suspect that for most of America the power of the purchase has an incredible influence that counteracts many of our attempts at noble pursuits.
Marketers and businesses want only a few things from us – they want you to purchase something, they want you to tell your friends, and then they want you to come back. And they’re getting pretty good at getting what they want. The power of the purchase is simply what happens to you when you buy something.
Purchasing can be therapeutic. It can be satisfying. It can be relieving, joyful, and adventurous.
But it never lasts.
Waking up early to get the best deal can be a challenge and an adventure. Saving up and buying that new ‘thing’ that you wanted can be satisfying. Buying yourself a nice new thingamajigger after a hard week at work can be relieving. But it always, always fades away, leaving you wanting more.
If we find our joy in purchasing more stuff, we will ultimately be left with an unfulfilled life. Period.
It’s terrifying for me to think that many people slave away at their day job, profoundly unhappy, and then their primary source of joy comes from getting (and spending) that paycheck. I believe in a very different path for my life.
There have been a few role models in my life that I have known personally and many more that I have never met but have only read about. They are men and women who appear to be quite satisfied with their lives and yet….they could not care less about money. Some of them make buckets of money. Others make a fraction of that. Yet they honestly wake up every morning, excited to get to work, and don’t really care about the money.
They have found their joy in doing.
Not buying, gaining, spending, or saving. They’re fulfillment in life comes from the work that they are doing every day (along with a few other things.)
Working hard and creating something that the world needs.
I want to find joy in doing.