You know, I always thought I should divide work and play, but why? Here comes a brain dump.
How can something be work to someone and play to someone else?
I listened to a lecture by Alan Watts, and he helped me contemplate how we distinguish work and play because one is supposed to be “moving on and productive” while the other is “pleasurable and not productive.”
I came up with is a few months ago: “Work and fun are already one.” Our minds are tuned to categorize and separate, but that’s not natural. We really don’t HAVE TO do anything. We do what comes natural to us.
It’s the whole right way versus long way to live. How do we know? We know that there are destructive and constructive ways, but we do blur that distinction.
What would you do if money was no concern? DO THAT! There is a reason we are called human beings. Not human thinkings or human doings. We BE.
If you can merge work and play in everything you do, no matter what you do, understanding should come natural and you should not struggle.
Why struggle? Why distinguish work and play at all?
Let’s surround our minds around boredom.
The continuation of a monotonous and repetitive day gets most people. The force of mediocrity and going on autopilot. Meaningful situations can become so minuscule and unnoticeable that we begin to dread daily routines and focus on the struggle with it instead of the benefits. Confucius wants all of us to find a job we love so we never work a day in our life. The key isn’t the right job; it’s the right attitude. Unfortunately, we do work. We need to make money. It doesn’t come by itself (Oh, if only it did). Our search for meaning and productivity in our work is a challenging journey. The big question is: are work and fun really separate? I think work and fun can be one to some degree. Boredom is good and bad. Work is good and bad. Fun is good and bad. You need some moderation.
Here we go again with seeing the large scope. There will be days when work seems impossible and when work is a piece of cake. Depending on your mindset, boredom can be good, bad, or BOTH. If you don’t wake up in the morning with goals and the determination to do things and grow, you will be bored. Simple as that. Too much human thinking. If you wake up and just be busy all the time, it’s too much human doing. Activity does not always equal productivity. Doing what is right does. Balancing it achieves being a HUMAN BEING. You BE. You think and do together. As they say, bored people are boring. Okay, not in a fixed mindset and permanent way.
There is healthy boredom and obsessive levels of boredom. The challenge is fighting boredom with all your willpower, with meaningful activity and self-directed growth. Stop at nothing to start something. Just go for it.
Rage against the tepidness of the mundane with every fiber in your being that makes you…well…YOU. Wake up with determination, end the day with satisfaction.
Alright? Now make a bucket list and create yourself! : )