Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Passion And Stress
This last week ended a period of 4 weeks at work where I (and a great many other people) have been working 60 + hour weeks to get something done. We ended up accomplishing the task Friday evening.
Sadly, there was no sense of achievement or accomplishment. It was more of a "Well, that is done. On to the next emergency." And then this gem showed up on my view in The Book Of Face.
It is a fair point when you think about it, is it not? We put in the the same amount of work regardless. It is just what we are working on that changes our perspective. I have spent, over the years, hours working on Iai, something which has no direct perceivable value in the modern world. I can assure you that I have never felt stressed by it. At the same time, I have my most recent month that tells me based on my stress level exactly how I am feeling about what I currently do.
Is it a 100% either/or? Of course not. There are always moments where even a passion can create stress (for example, preparing for a demonstration) or where an item of stress can provide a moment of passion (as when something I do impacts someone's life). But underlying all of this is the reality that, for the most part, it is true.
Think about your words. How do speak when you are talking about something you do not believe in versus something you believe in? (I read some of your blogs and know what you think....) It is telling if you think about it, is it not?
I do not have a full answer here (I seldom do, it seems), other than to say I am simply going to start asking the question about stress versus passion. And see what my words tell me.