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Heartwings Love Notes 919 - Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Heartwings says, "If you do not love what you do, love why you are doing it."

Many people working are stuck in jobs they do not like, yet they have to be in them for a good reason. This could vary from needing health care to supporting a family, to paying off a college loan—endless reasons. They come home exhausted and frustrated, and they may develop a variety of physical effects. These could be acid reflux, arthritis or any other health issue essentially caused by stress, depleting the immune system. Then because they don't know that, they try to kill the messenger with remedies. Their bodies, unable to communicate, shout louder and louder until either they do something to really resolve the stress, or if they're lucky, retire.

Stress can mean a person gets a disease, or some form of discomfort. He or she might resort to alcohol or becomes addicted to some kind of drug. The ones who cope without becoming ill are those who manage to find something to love in their situation. A person who feels valuable can be relatively stress free no matter how difficult their job may be. Once I was stuck home with five children to care for and a husband often away on business trips., I learned to take advantage of my time alone. My days, though stressful, did not make me ill.

I learned skills and made good use of my time. I read books that enlightened me, created embroidered gifts for friends and family, and made dozens of cookies. I took pleasure in learning the guitar and singing, attending hootenannies (the original of open mikes), and enjoying the antics of my children. I loved what I did because I made up my mind to. The secret to saving yourself from drowning is to learn to swim. Of course, metaphorically speaking, it helps if you take swimming lessons as a child. I did have some good training in learning early on to cope with life's stresses.

Not everyone has the self-control to redirect their thoughts and feelings, or to find the enjoyment they need to balance the negativity they endure by seeking out ways to be happy. It is also important to acknowledge one's stress level and not to deceive oneself into thinking nothing is wrong when it is. To be healthy is a goal not everyone can reach. Yet, lacking the ability to change circumstances, a person can look for and discover ways to love what they do, even if they are not able to do what they love to get paid. What it takes is an effort of will to address what is gained by their situation, and let go of their hold on their negative feelings about it. Letting go of the pain can raise the curtain on the benefits and blessings to be noticed.

May you find ways to increase your joy in what you do, so you will learn to love it.

Is there something you do that you love that you do not necessarily get paid for? Or have you been fortunate enough to find a job that you love? Being retired I get to do what I love a lot, which is to focus on my writing, and your emails and comments are very important to me. I hope to hear from you, and I will always answer your emails sooner or later for sure. Write me at Tashahal@gmail.com. Check my web site too at www.Heartwingslovenotes.com

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert

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