Work and joy

{josquote}I felt like I was being dragged down into the same old grind that I'm desperate to keep out of. I said here last year that I felt like I'd turned my life into a chore. I'm terrified of doing that again.{/josquote}

...And so now that the course is nearing the end, I want to take stock of where I am. I feel very pleased I took the course. When I started, I had no idea how to write fiction. Now I feel I've learned the basics and know what I need to do to get better. I hope to keep writing stories as my life progresses. I need an ongoing creative pursuit. It comes down to the principle Baha'u'llah gives us regarding work. He says we should have an occupation so that we do not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

Concerning thine own affairs, if thou wouldst content thyself with whatever might come to pass it would be praiseworthy. To engage in some profession is highly commendable, for when occupied with work one is less likely to dwell on the unpleasant aspects of life. God willing thou mayest experience joy and radiance, gladness and exultation in any city or land where thou mayest happen to sojourn. (Baha'u'llah: Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p175)

This is what I'm focused on now - achieving the state Baha'u'llah describes here. As you know, I've spent years wrestling with the Protestant work ethic and have renounced it as a path that leads one away from God not toward God. I think that, at root, it sets up work as a partner to God. It says 'work is God', not 'work is worship'. For, if my experience is anyting to go by, the ethic leads to a stressful state that doesn't allow for a healthy devotional life. I'm hyper-concerned about going back to that place.

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