SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that work itself is beautiful but the desire to impress others is what makes it ugly? Can you share a personal experience of a time you felt that work was love made visible? What helps you avoid attachment to outcomes without giving up work?
As an artist, when I create oil paintings, I am working from love. My work is love manifest. As for impressing others, I am older woman artist so that is not a problem. People aren't impressed by our life's work, many times, because an older woman created it. That's ok with me because creating the art is the important part of my life.
Thanks so much for posting this reminder! Timely for me -- it’s so easy to focus on various projects and causes, then become frustrated when progress or a hoped for outcome seems a long way off. Yet it is helpful to think that, ideally, we all come into life with a unique mission. So long as we are carrying out our mission and applying our particular talents, life can feel meaningful and fulfilling, whatever the external circumstances. The task is to work with one’s abilities and circumstances the best one can - not to control the outcome.
In BhagwadGeeta Lord Krishna says "Na Me Karma Fale Spruha" -- i.e, may fruit of thy action be not thy motive. Vinobaji was a gret follower of this and he is right in saying that moment you focus on the outcome, you do not give 100% of your attention, energy to whatever you are doing. This is a distraction from action. Work is worship can be exmplified automatically when results are truly wonderful.
The desire to impress others is a problem and can be ugly because it's a desire to do something that I don't have the power to do. I can't make anyone be impressed or unimpressed. I can't make anyone do or feel anything. I can perform right action, which is my responsibility. Right action is constructive expression of my experience in the moment. Right action does not involve trying to control outcome. Right action is love. Work is action, and work that is the right action is love made visible. When I trust my truth and put it into right action without being goal directed and without trying to control outcome, I am trusting the process and I am loving and my love is made visible. I can give up trying to control outcome without giving up right action, and knowing that helps me avoid attachment to outcome without giving up work.
When anything we do is done with love, it is always joyful.The action itself is the reward. Work and love are interwoven. The work could be sweeping the floor, picking up the garbage, cooking, nursing someone who is sick and invalid, teaching or gardening. When it is done with our heart, lovingly, it is joyful and beautiful. When we work for the extrinsic reward, there is dissatisfaction, disappointment and bickering.The joy of work or the beauty of work is lost.
My mom loved to cook Her face was beeming with joy. Every action connected with cooking brought a lot of joy to her and to others surrounding her They were also affected by her joy. Her joy was contageous.The same was the case with my wife. This has been my experience with many of my friends who have been very happy for cooking for me and serving meals to me.
I love and enjoy learning and teaching.I am learning because I love to learn. I am teaching because I love to teach not for recognition or gaining fame. I have nevr been disappointed following my bliss.Sadly, some of my friends working without passion and joy of working. I see them unahppy though they are making good money.
When reward of my work is intrinsic, I do not feel attached to outcomes.Then there is no expectation of the recognition and admiration coming from outside. Good work done joyfully with love is usually reconized and appreciated. But that won't make any difference in pursuing work done with love and joy.The joy is in cooking the cake.The admiration, reward, is like frosting on the cake!
May we follow our bliss that brings joy to us and to others associated with us!
Jagdish P Dave