A Zen poet said, "A person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which and simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace, whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both."
As a magician, I spend an average of six to ten hours a week performing magic. It's what I love to do. It's my passion, but I also spend an average of thirty to forty hours a week, behind the scenes, marketing my business. This work isn't terribly exciting, and it's easy to view it as drudgery.
It's a sad state of mind thinking that I'm viewing a bulk of my life as drudgery. I'd rather live passionately in all areas of my life, so I realized I needed to change my mindset. A change of attitude was in order.
Over the last week I made a concerted effort to live my life with purpose, grace, and ease. Not just in the areas of my life that are easy and fun, but in all areas of my life. The result was a much happier ME.
Some of the work I kept putting off, because it seemed like a chore, is now getting completed, and I've been enjoying the process. All it took was a decision on my part to change my attitude. I find it fascinating how powerfully our lives can be impacted by just making a decision and then following through.
The Zen poet said it best. Now it's just a matter of following through, not just for the meantime, but for life.
As always, I welcome your comments.
Corporate magician, Lou Serrano