Your work is worth doing. Let’s go!
I remember vacationing in the Philippines back in 1999 and coming back to the US realizing how much I take a lot of things for granted. I say that to make this point. If we’re doing something that’s paying the bills but you go home hating your situation, I say there are a lot of other things you can do to pay the bills. I’m here to tell you, there will not be a magical day when things suddenly change. It is what it is.
We underestimate the gift of our underutilized brains. One thing I can say is to pray to God for people who can really give you good guidance and pay attention to what happens. Life is too short not to live a life of joy and doing work that you love. There will be days that are tough but it will be so much fun. Life is too short to be around people who bring you down day-in and day-out. Things are better at other places. There are better situations out there and better people. The world is much bigger and greater in that sense.
You might say, “Marlon, that’s easy for you to say.” I say, “no it’s not easy for me to say, I just dare saying it because I know someone out there needs to hear this, and I can tell you that you cannot manufacture results like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, generosity, and self-control as a result of your decision. These are things only the Holy Spirit can bring.” Also, we will always have times of struggle and trial, but we also have an intellect and will to realize there are other choices we can actually act upon. You are much more gifted, talented, and smarter than you think. The human person is a profound mystery even unto themselves. Plus, if you live in the United States of America, you are already in the top 1%. We can make a lot of excuses. I know because I’ve made them. The day I realized I needed to stop making excuses is the day I started really believing in myself, thanking God for all the good gifts He has given me, and working hard to live that truth.
Letting the fear of people judging you stops you from putting out work you really need to do. Stop over-scrutinizing your work so much so that you don’t even get started. Stop being so minutiae-oriented about your work that you cannot sustain it after a couple of tries. The definition of minutiae has the words “small” and “trivial”. Trust me, these things are “small” and “trivial”. No one cares about those things. Plus, believe me, when trying to start something new, you’re not going to be perfect at it. You’re going to make mistakes. Be patient with yourself even if others aren’t patient with you. Toughen up a little bit, gaze ahead, and keep moving forward. So much of the energy we use worrying about things can be used to do the creativity you should be doing. Pablo Picasso said, “Every Child Is an Artist. The Problem Is How to Remain an Artist Once He or She Grows Up.” People’s words can discourage and hurt. Let this affirm, “your work is worth doing.” I say it again, “your work is worth doing.” Stop judging it. Do it. What is that “it”? I think time figuring that out and working towards that is better than time working at a place you hate. No more excuses. Let’s go.
You have the most precious of all commodities — time. Don’t waste it. It will run out when you die. Use it well.