I had an epiphany the other day and I know what you are going to say: “Dang it Austin, knock it off with those gosh darn epippphennies”
But hear me out here, I understand that humans like to feel good. They usually feel good when they do something they are proud of. Raising a beautiful family, gazing into nature to speak with their inner self, creating a great thing that others can also enjoy, making someone else’s day, caring for someone enough to save their life, embracing the joy of children. All these things and many many more generally bring joy to the human race.
Joy Through Productivity
Then it hit me. We are only really happy when we have spiritual work to do. If we are doing things the easy way or selling ourselves short in our lives, relationships, vocations or spiritual destinies; there is no way we can feel good. We are only feeling good when we are productive. Self-indulgence works to mask the pain, but it never really creates any long-term joy.
Sadly, joy is just as fleeting as pain in many instances; hence we always have to work on our spiritual joy work if we are ever to be of use in this place. We have to make our life a waking moment to our purpose. Our deeds left like feathers for the next person to find floating in the winds of life. Where they can pick them up, draw inspiration from them and move out from there. We are the arbiters of our own success through our good works. Without them, we are naked and alone. Work is the only thing keeping us connected to this world. Without work, there is no connection. Without connection, there is only bad stuff.