“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” – Frank Tibolt
This seems to be the theme that needs exploring in my life right now. I’m in this one-week liminal period between jobs – doesn’t feel totally like a vacation and I have a sense of needing to get EVERYTHING done before starting the new big-girl job. So what did I do yesterday? Some socializing with friends (heavenly) then a whole lot of nothing. How did I feel at the end of “a whole lot of nothing” (i.e., loafing)? Refreshed? Renewed? No – depressed.
As I wrote in another post – “Action leads to satisfaction“.
This morning I read the lead story on MSNBC – a reposted article from The New York Times on The New Unemployables: Workers over 50. Even though I have this great year long contract lined up I felt a little wave of fear. But besides my longstanding belief that God takes care of me in all ways, but most espeically with work and money (so, since I firmly believe it, this has always been the case) I realized I had several other things going that I hope will prove helpful even in these hard times. I don’t think these are unique to me, at all. I suggest that these (and tips YOU have) are helpful and not only vis-a-vis a job:
- A bias towards action (see Action Leads to Satisfaction)
- A belief that all is well and looking for evidence to prove that
- Knowing that “trust Allah but tie up your camel” – i.e., don’t just leave it up to God/the Universe – do the work
In the case of work/money/the new economy, I still like 3 Ways to Thrive in the New Economy. All involve ACTION: Live simply, pay down debt, have multiple streams of income, figure out how to be self-employed.
Just in my day to day life, I see how days in which I’ve been purposeful – perhaps quiet, meditative, not “productive” but action-oriented in that I’m doing what I set out to do – are WAY happier than days in which I drfit/loaf/spin.
For many years I’ve made yearly, monthly, weekly, then daily lists using a trick from Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – I look at the tasks in the major ‘roles’ in my life and prioritize them. When I do this i not only get more done, but I get more important things done. And I’m happier. When I think “oh, that’s too structured, too much work, I don’t wanna” it can feel like a treat for awhile and then it feels chaotic. It’s a flow, really, balancing out when I need to just BE (which I do think is important) and when “Action leads to satisfaction”.
Today seems like a nice mix of both. I have a plan – but I also have flexibility to see what the day brings.
- An understanding