Solomon struggles with the meaning of life in Ecclesiastes.
He calls most pursuits “meaningless,” this from a man who has everything.
Imagine reaching the pinnacle of your career and walking away, saying, “this also is vanity,” i.e., meaningless.
Do you enjoy your work today, right now, not what might be or what you might achieve someday, but right now, at this moment?
If you do, Solomon says, “there is nothing better.”
I am enjoying this moment.
I enjoy creating these blog posts.
I enjoy what I do every day.
I did not always enjoy my work.
I was the branch manager of a bank once.
I enjoyed it, or I should say I enjoyed my coworkers and the people who were part of that company.
Isn’t it usually the case that if we enjoy our coworkers, we enjoy our work regardless of what that work might happen to be?
Well, I enjoyed managing a branch.
But then I was held up at gunpoint.
Then I was held up again.
I began to wonder if maybe the third time, my luck might run out.
I resigned, but the HR director asked me why I was quitting.
When I told her I didn’t want to look down the barrel of another gun, she offered me a job in administration.
I loved that job too until the bank was bought out by a larger bank, and I lost my job.
Everyone has ups and downs.
No work is perfect work.
But overall, do you enjoy what you do?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself that question?
If you don’t enjoy your work, what steps could you take to create a better, happier workplace?
“There is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work.”
I hope you enjoy yours.