Today Stephen and I had a teacher training and I started thinking about how much work life is. I realized that I could be much happier if I stopped complaining so much about the work I have to do, and just took the time to enjoy the work I have to do.
Really, there is always some element of work that can be enjoyed. Life would be so boring if we didn't have any work to do. It's satisfying to be able to accomplish something.
I recently read the beginning of a book called Drive. It was really interesting. It talked a lot about the open source software movement, and organizations that are somewhere between non-profit and for profit businesses, that have a main goal of helping people, with the added bonus of making a little money on the side. It highlighted how this is completely in contrast to the traditional view of motivation that says that humans should be motivated by rewards and punishment, or biological needs. This shows that there is actually a deeper and less rational motivation for people that is internal. This is the motivation that breeds creativity. Actually, it was really interesting because this book notes that putting external rewards or incentives on something that people are internally motivated to do actually lessens their performance.
So thinking about these two things I decided that instead of being overwhelmed by all the work I have to do I should just work hard and do the best I can, and know that that is enough.
Really life is wonderful, and as the quote says in the beginning: I can't complain. :)