BlogElul Day 23: Love

This post is part of the #blogelul project started by the inimitable Ima On (and off) the Bima. I am using it as my motivation to rejuvenate this site and get myself back into the swing of things.

blogelulFor most of my career, I’ve been fortunate that large parts of my work day have been engaging, challenging, and enjoyable. But it’s always been work.

I’ve often joked that my job is huge stretches of frustration and angst, punctuated by brief moments of euphoria, followed by taking up the next problem needing a solution (and the next long stretch of frustration and angst.)

I find myself in the unexpected situation of absolutely loving my job.

I’ve been given the opportunity to share, to write creatively, to present some of the tricks I’ve picked up over 25 years in IT; to write both creatively and technically as part of my daily work product; to play with new technology early; and to have input as to how new technology is presented to the people who will use it.

It’s not a job for everyone. Many people incredibly skilled, amazingly intelligent people in my industry are uncomfortable talking to the person in the next cubicle, let alone a crowded meeting room, a convention audience, or in a live-streaming video on the internet.

But it’s honestly my dream job, and I feel blessed every day when I get to my desk and realize “I get to do all this and get paid!”.

What does this have to do with Judaism, Elul, and the Days of Awe?

Being given the chance to experience real joy and gratitude for what is still WORK has informed my prayer and preparation this month.

  • Getting up at 5:15am is (for some) not play, it’s work.
  • Praying for two hours each morning is (for some) not play, it’s work.
  • Thinking deeply about my actions this past year is (for many) not play, it’s work.
  • Getting in touch with people I may have wronged and sincerely appologizing is (for most) not play, it’s work.

But we must do with our whole heart and with a sense of purpose. We must find the gratitude in even having the chance to be here – to stand on this earth and do these things in safety and relative comfort.

It is work that we must learn to love.