The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living!
When we consider that each of us has only one life to live, isn’t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men and women, with hands capable of creating works of art, using those hands only for routine tasks; men and women, capable of independent thought, using their minds as a bowling-alley for popular ideas; men and women, capable of greatness, wallowing in mediocrity; men and women, capable of self-expression, slowly dying a mental death while they babble the confused monotone of the mob?
For you, life can be a succession of glorious adventures. Or it can be a monotonous bore.
Take your choice!”
This quote is from a 1949 book called How To Avoid Work by William J. Reilly, which aims to help you find purposeful work that you love. Brain Pickings has provided a few excerpts from this wonderful book, and I find it so insightful (the comment regarding our abilities to discuss so much more than the weather is genius in it’s simplicity.)
There’s also great advice on figuring out what category of “work” you may be most suited. While I wouldn’t say that my day job is fulltime creative, writing (and this blog) is where I am able to express my creative energy. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was a kid, spending copious time writing letters to friends (and then impatiently waiting for a letter in return!). Come to think of it, I’ve never felt particularly passionate about writing fiction; but expressing myself through text is where I find I “fit.”