Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

As I run a bath, and think of the conversations I’ve had with people today, I hear the voice of Dory from Finding Nemo, in my head. ‘Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…’

There seem to be so many people in Wellington at the moment, who are just keeping on swimming. After a long winter, as we head into the ‘silly season’ with night after night of end of year events, I’m having numerous conversations with people who are running on empty.

We spend the last month of the year running on empty and then take 2-3 weeks off and Christmas to recharge the batteries and then start all over again. I can’t help but think that there must be a better way.

Work vs life.

Work with life.

I’ve also been having conversations with people about how when you’re ‘working’ in your element, spending your days doing what comes naturally and with ease (which is not too say that it’s not challenging, time consuming etc) work doesn’t feel like work. And in starting to build a business, a way of sustaining myself, which has at its core what is second nature to me, well, it just feels like I’m heading in the right direction.

I don’t have all the answers at the moment, by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m ‘working’ with some wonderful people, and I have a sneaking suspicious that when we start fitting our very own elemental pieces of the puzzle together, they might just form quite an illuminating picture.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this whole work vs life thing.

In the meantime, just keep swimming.

4 thoughts on “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

  1. Hmmm. This word Work often comes with implications of dutiful effort exchanged for payment and for a long time I bought into this paradigm.

    First I learned to love whatever I did and that was the first step out of the snare. Now I choose work that I love and then it is not work, but satisfaction, and I get paid as well. Bonus!

    It was the Dalai Lama who said ‘Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’, and that I find to be true.

  2. great post, Tink, and good advice – I’m going to take it literally AND metaphorically 😉

    When swimming it’s easiest to go with the flow, and trust the currents will lead you in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean its effortless, or without risk!

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