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the great work

February 26, 2011

I’ve for many years thought my life would not be significant, or that I would be a worthy person, unless I had accomplished, or was at least working on some great work.

What great work would this be? For me it would be a brilliant, published, successfully selling novel that garnishes me critical acclaim and tons of royalty checks. Or perhaps an album of original tunes that is both awesome and sells very well.. or a fantastic graphic novel, or some excellent works of art that I sell at galleries for ridiculous prices.. You get the idea.

The great work I’ve wanted to accomplish is not only something creative and wonderful that I can sell and become wealthy, but skills learned… to become an amazing musician or writer.. something I can do exquisitely well.

It has come to my attention today that I am already doing my great work. My great work is being myself.

Even if I only am able to do the slightest bit of good each day – like clean up the kitchen a little, or post a video on facebook of a wonderful tune, or something comical that will cheer up friends, or only practice the mandolin for 15 minutes.. if that is all I get done during a particular day, I am still in process, and working on my great work.

The great work is me. It is being who I am. I try to do good, and I succeed at doing good. I am by no means perfect, but I am me. I am doing the great work, and am the great work.

If you are working, even the slightest bit each day, to be a better person, and to make the world better, then you are laboring on your great work too, and are a great work yourself.

This is something to keep in mind. I wish it were not so hard to accept!

But.. I am.. gradually learning.

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