Do you ever visit or live in a town with a big artisan population? I love going to these towns. Just recently, my family and I went up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to celebrate my mother’s birthday . We ate some cheese at a boutique cheese factory and enjoyed the views to the ocean from the veranda of the old Mapleton Pub.
The thing that strikes me about artisans is the love they put into their work. I think it would be a rare artisan who is not in love with their craft. As we all know, love is so very important in daily life, the expression of love into objects always translates into beauty. Mother Earth gives us this all the time, with the simplest gifts of flowers and birds, butterflies and beetles. But humans are also capable of creating love in beauty.
Artisans can teach us so much about working with love. The appreciation for the time they put into their work is unavoidable. Take a stained glass lamp for example. The artisan will have stained the glass and sketched a plan, they would have soldered it all together and wired it up. Time, and love and thought goes into every piece.
How many of you find that this same process goes into your job? Most of us hate our work and we are only there because it pays the bills. But what if we were to change our view for just a moment? What if we were bored out of our brains with our job, but we were to make doing the job a game? What if we disliked our colleagues, but we were good at our job; couldn’t we play nice and feel the freedom of not being caught up in the office politics? By putting a little love into our working lives, we too could be like the artisans and find the quality in our work. You always have a choice and it is your choice to stay in a job that is creating a negative issue in your life. It is simple to say, ‘no more, I am looking for a new job’. Or, ‘I am going to find out how to learn more, to get into another industry or to climb the corporate ladder’… Or ‘I am going to feel the heart in this job, so I can at least enjoy it while I am here’.
We all have to work, even those who stay at home have to work. No one gets out of it. For some of my day I do paid work and for some of my day, I do home duties. This is because I have kids. I have to be there for them. It means I have two jobs. I am rarely off my feet watching the TV. Sometimes I hate cooking again or doing the washing again. But I have chosen to put as much love into the mundane tasks in my day, as the tasks I enjoy. I love my job, so I put allot of love into that. I love my family so I put allot of love into the jobs that support them.
Learn from the artisans, work like you love it and love will reward you with beauty. Whatever beauty, is for you. Make choices about your work, that suit you and be brave enough to change your attitude to your work. So as you can begin to love it, until it ends.
I’ll finish this spiritual comment with a quote from my ‘inspirational messages of love cards’
‘Before enlightenment – feed people and wash dishes, after enlightenment – feed people and wash dishes.
The mundane does not have to be dreary, if you put a little love into it.