We Are All Temporary Workers

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Nothing is permanent. It is easy to forget that.

Day after day, you take the same commute to work. Month after month, someone – your client or boss, perhaps – manages to annoy you. They are unreasonable, over-demanding, and insensitive. You long for the day when no one is your boss.

Not so fast.

It will all be over sooner than you think. Whether you love or hate your job, it is not permanent. No human being has yet managed to hold a job for, say, five centuries. No one has been VP of Business Development for 87 years.

In the midst of day-to-day routines, your life can seem static, unchanging, even boring. This is a misconception. It is a failure of imagination.

On any given day, you can approach your tasks with a fresh perspective. You can bring to the front of your mind the recognition that some day you will yearn for what you take for granted today: responsibility, obligations, and routine. You can understand that you have room for improvement. Even more importantly, you have room for gratitude.

Some days, I wake up and everything seems to be a struggle. The weather seems oppressive, perhaps gray, dreary and chilling. People around me are in a bad mood. My mood is worse. I yearn for something different, for anything new.

Other days, everything seems to be a miracle. The sun is shining brightly, as it is today. It may be freezing in the morning, but the hint of spring is in the air. There are five projects that demand my attention, and I’m excited about each one.

You know what I mean. The main difference between these days is not some external factor. It is you. Inspiration comes from inside. So does joy, satisfaction, and pride.

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Across the span of my life, one lesson rises above all others:

We have a much greater ability to change than we believe.

When people say, “Change is the only constant,” it implies that change is something that happens to us, something out of our control. In fact, that is only partially true.

You have the ability to take control of far more change than may be obvious.

You can change how proactive you are.