“Work alone is your privilege, never the fruits thereof. Never let the fruits of action be your motive; and never cease to work. Work in the name of the Lord, abandoning selfish desires. Be not affected by success or failure. This equipoise is called Yoga.” from the Bhagvad Gita, translated by B.K.S. Iyengar
I know very few women who need to be reminded to “never cease to work.” It seems by virtue of simply being women, we're never at a loss for things to do.
But the motives behind our work are ours alone. Some work to finally feel the worthiness they never felt as children. Some work for the joy of seeing a job well done. Some work for their husbands, their children. Some work to support their families. Some might not know why they work as hard as they do- they're too busy doing the work to reflect on it.
Lately I've been attaching the hope of recognition and appreciation to my daily work. I wanted to be “seen,” to be loved and appreciated for what I was doing. I wanted to hear “you're great at that” and “wow, what a perfect job.” Continue reading →