Today was my first day back to work after a long break. I was off for 3 weeks and I had a lot of time to think given the fact that all I really did was sit around and watch TV.
Actually, I did more than just sit around. I got a lot done, bum foot and all.
I started reading this book, 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and it really got me thinking. I am not done the book yet, but I didn’t even need to finish the first few chapters, without realizing that I need to work on some things this year.
It was hard, today, going back to work after having all that time off. I feel like it’s almost worse when you go back after having had all that time to myself to do what I wanted and just relax with no worries.
In the past, with my job, I have always felt like I was never 100% satisfied with where I was. Please, don’t misread what I am saying, I love what I do, and I am very blessed to have the job I have and all the jobs have had in past, but for some reason there was always that “If I only had this, I would be really happy”, or “If I didn’t have this it would be better”. The truth is I have had so many new opportunities, and every time, there was always some excuse as to why it wasn’t the perfect job.
I have come to realize that there is no such thing as, “The Perfect Job”. It sounds like a New York Times best seller, that I should have read. There are going to be days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed, and days when I feel like I have accomplished nothing, and days when I don’t give 100% and then feel guilty about it later. There will be plenty of “I wish this day would be over” days, and we just have to learn to deal with it. We are not perfect, just like there is no perfect job.
I decided, after being graciously given this new opportunity, that I was going to live fully in each moment every day no matter what the circumstances, because if I continue to look for what I don’t have in hopes to have something better, I am always going to feel unsatisfied. I can’t let those bad days bring me down.
God has me, and you, in each current job situation for a reason, and if we rush to try and get out of those situations because we are unhappy or dislike a certain aspects, we might miss a huge blessing.
I get it. We live in a society where there is a constant pressure to find ways to make our lives easier and more satisfied. We look to everything, except where we should be looking. God is the only one who can ever fully satisfy that feeling of wanting more or something better, because He is our something more and our something better.
There is no perfect job! I know this, and I have a great job. One that I am very proud of and am thankful for.
Today was hard, but I chose to live fully in each moment of the day. I know it sounds kinda silly but I did. I embraced the early morning tiredness again, with a nice cup of coffee and some encouraging words. I was fully engaged in every moment throughout the day, not thinking of what was going to happen later that night. I appreciated each conversation and I enjoyed coming home after work to my husband.
I urge each one of you, if you are struggling with your job or whatever you are faced with in your life right now, to fully live right where you are. I know it may not be easy some days, but that is why we have Him.
To get us through those tough days and hard times.
To be our something more.
To be our something better.
This post is part of the series, Made It Through Mondays