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I have first post dithering. I've ranged through topics from morality in business to theories on time travel and a behavioural study on my cat herding me to bed. I expect I may have to think about this a bit more and focus this journal on a particular area I want to talk about. I suppose I'd like this journal to be less personal and more productive. Though I'm not sure whether that should be productivity in terms of getting my life sorted, some sort of career development, general philosophy, creativity, or just tips and hints and interesting stuff.

I've just started reading Alain De Botton's `The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work' which promises to explore `...what makes our jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying' and to raise `...the big questions we all tend to ask of our work: What should I do with my life? How can I combine earning money with attaining fulfilment? What will I have achieved by the end of my career?'  

Being impatient for answers, I've already skipped to the end of the book and I don't particularly like what I find there. It seems to be all about work presenting a distraction, a focus for thoughts, a bubble to protect us from the greater worries of the world and the relentless march of time. Hmm... Maybe the journey through the book will reveal more insights. I do generally like Alain De Botton's work, so I cerainly hope that it holds more than the last few paragraphs would indicate. Perhaps the first lesson is this: I should be less impatient. ;P

I must admit I haven't really had so much of a career through my life as a wide variety of unconnected jobs. I've been planting seeds here and there and everywhere but only tending them sporadically. I'm too busy running back and forth to really make things grow. It's possible that I should stop waving muppet arms and consider all of the garden.
Mood:: 'worried' worried
Music:: Melbourne - The Whitlams
location: The Eyrie
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dollsandtea: Cartoon girl with cat ears, stylized self-portrait (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dollsandtea at 09:56am on 10/05/2009
Sometimes I wonder if we have careers now or just aimlessly wonder from job to job, career to career trying to balance the need for money with our own need for fulfillment.

It's like we caught in a world where needs and wants are in conflict.
bunnitos: Photo of me with blonde to blue hair on the balcony (Default)
posted by [personal profile] bunnitos at 10:40am on 10/05/2009
I certainly think it's a difficult balancing act. The saying that money doesn't make you happy is probably true but I think a large lump sum of it would certainly give you the freedom to try and find happiness. Too much of life seems to be about how to pay the bills.
dollsandtea: Cartoon girl with cat ears, stylized self-portrait (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dollsandtea at 11:01am on 10/05/2009
That's exactly it, most of us seem to work to live rather than live to work and find meaning and joy in what we do. Or something.

But at the moment I'm not exactly the best person to be saying thing about life since I feel all kinds of messed up at the moment.
posted by [personal profile] renee at 11:01pm on 10/05/2009
I think the way the world operates right now it's hard to find joy in what we do for money, because money is given to people who help/work to propel crappy industry and governments along, and the like, resulting in workplaces that are rather uninspiring. A good portion of inspiring work is unpaid or vastly underpaid or irregularly paid, eg. charity/aid work, art... nursing!


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