“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
– L.P. Jacks
I joined a book launch team this week to help celebrate the upcoming release of Day Job to Dream Job, a compelling new book by my mentor and friend, Kary Oberbrunner. If you’ve been around me much at all, you’ve no doubt heard me mention Kary’s name – or even more likely, talk about his principles.
Kary teaches the idea of authoring your OPUS.
What’s an OPUS?
There are two Latin words for work –“labor” meaning “toil” and “OPUS” meaning “masterpiece”. And so we have a choice each day to “toil” or create a “masterpiece”.
As I have worked with different organizations through the years, I have observed a common thread – most in the organization are simply “toiling” in their work…waiting for lunch break, the end of the day, the weekend, and the end of a career so they can then finally enjoy life. Well, we all know what happens. We toil our whole lives away with that kind of thinking.
Contrast that to those who have great passion in their work. They know who they are and apply their gifts in serving others. They work hard and yet find energy in their work. They enjoy what they’re doing because they are not toiling – they are creating a magnum opus – a great masterpiece. They are not spending their lives, they are investing their lives.
We think of those who create masterpieces as being the select few among us who have artistic talents. But what if across every sector of society, we developed “masterpiece” thinking? What if those in the medical profession, the financial profession, the teaching profession, the trades, and governmental service looked at what they are doing with this type of mindset? What if we all approached our work each day as a composer approaches a piano or an artist approaches a blank canvas?
There’s a verse, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
That is my challenge to you…and to myself as well this week. Are we working with the kind of passion and dedication that makes us stand back at the end of the day and know that we have truly made a difference in our world and in the lives of others?
Dream big. See it in vivid detail. What are you doing? What do you want to do, have, or be in order to make an impact on the world around you? Share your vision with me on this post or in an email because writing it down is the start of making it happen.
Today is the day to start creating your OPUS.
And remember…live and lead fully ignited!