It may be the day officially devoted to love, but that’s not why my Two Words of the day are Labor + Love. In fact, those Two Words resonate every day. Why? Because every day is filled with labor, of all kinds, and that labor can be done with love (yep, pretty much all of it).
When work is a labor of love, it’s a true blessing. You spend so many hours each day working – on the job, your own business, your home, your kids, your significant other, your extended family, yourself and more. Papers, presentations, homework, phone calls, emails, texts, meetings, appointments, exercise, shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning, organizing – and preparing to do it all again the next day. If you think of that work as a chore, you may get discouraged or disheartened. It’s hard to not get overwhelmed, and it happens more often than we’d like.
But if you turn that thinking around and see each task as furthering your own agenda (of prosperity, health, happiness, thriving family or whatever it is), it really helps. You’re choosing to do that labor in order to get closer to a bigger goal. Checking off an item on the daily to-do list is a positive step forward. Even laundry becomes tolerable when done with love – your family does appreciate wearing clean clothes, and they know you’re the one who provided that to them. While it may not always seem appreciated, it truly is.
Finally, your loving attitude toward your labor will show in all that you do. Others notice when tasks are tackled with positive energy rather than negativity, and they respond in kind. Whether you show it at work, at school, at home or elsewhere, it will shine through and be well received by employers, customers, potential clients, family members, friends and more.
Best of all? It’s contagious. Your attitude can be infectious and spread to others around you. Setting the tone for others in the workplace, home and everywhere (even online!) may help them find more joy, which reinforces your own feelings. Inspire others by sharing a mindset of Labor + Love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!