Work Effectively To Stay Happy
Work is something that defines our movement in life. The work as such differs from one person to another in terms of what the person strives to achieve with the resultant of the effort that they put on their work. This varies from the effort that a person puts at home in their domestic activities to serve the needs of their family, the effort that they put on their work outside of the house to win their daily bread, the effort that they put on themselves to keep them happy and the effort that they put in order to uplift a community in some way. A right balance of all these tasks makes an individual feel wholesome spiritually.
As with the variety of work an individual is destined to perform, there could be some area of challenges that he/she encounters in terms of inclination to the work. On observation, we can notice that work can be categorized as follows.
Work that you love to do (your passion)
We work towards what we love, to nourish us well. Work that you are neutral about, but do it dutifully
We do things that we are neutral about, to serve a purpose that might or might not be directly beneficial to us, but still we do it. Work that you are not at all inclined to, but do it dutifully
We do things that we sometimes hate to do, but avoiding to do it altogether might put us into more trouble, so we do it. Work that you are not inclined to, but are imposed by external factors
This last category of work calls our discretion. We might be imposed with a task by others that serve self-interest of some people, but does not serve us any good. In this case, when the hurdle comes from an outside factor, it takes all our assertiveness to say "No". Saying No is better in ways that you do not overburden with something and you can fill up with things that will be fruitful otherwise. Dealing with the subtle challenge that this category of work makes us 'effectively' take the responsibility on our shoulders rather than being responsible for many things that you need not.
As we can see from the above, none of the categories are totally avoidable in life. But you can very well fill your life at maximum with things that you love doing the most. Make lot of time to nourish yourself and work towards growing up in the arena that you love doing. Give priority to the less relevant tasks as and when required. This way you wash away the term "burden" that you associate with work and rather you start enjoying work and view work as a way to spiritual growth.