Friday’s With the Farmer’s Wife: Do What You Love and Love What You Do

In the book, “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek, the author’s goal is simple:   “To help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work”.  Imagine this for a moment:  You love what you do every day.  Maybe you have heard it said –  “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life”.  Because your work is your calling – it is what you were created to do.   You would do the work you do for free if you had to or could afford to  because you love  it that much.  You do what you love and you love what you do.

The Farmer is a good example of this.  Farming is not a job, it is a way of life.   This love of farming was passed down to him from his father.    This quote really says it all about farming:

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: ‘Love. They must do it for love.’

“Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live.

“If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”  Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

I also am blessed to be able to do what I love and I absolutely love what I do.  The mortgage business is challenging right now and I really can’t imagine remaining in it if I did not love it – it would absolutely be too hard.

Now – neither the Farmer nor I have the luxury of working for free – we need the incomes from our businesses!  But, when you can do what you love and love what you do – AND GET PAID?  Well, it doesn’t get any better than that.

What about you?  Do you do what you love and love what you do?  If not, why not?  

 

 

 

 

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  • mike giddens

    That farmer must have a lotta love to share with all those chickens and cows! On a serious note, there is one thing about loving what you do…..you will never call it a job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

    This can also be used in the education system as well. Students who enjoy learning tend to do better then those who are unmotivated. So by planning lessons about something a student loves gets them to understand the material faster. It is like a song that we have not heard in along time but is one of our favorites. What happens when the songs comes on the radio? We sing it word for word, because we love it. Doing what we love is priceless. Showing people our love for what we do is even better.

    • mike giddens

      Amen!…….and speaking for someone who is married to a teacher….teaching is a God given talent, because not everyone can teach…..which means students are being short changed, because their teachers aren’t doing what they love!

  • Wendy Daniels

    So easy to get in a rut and accept things the way they are even when we are not happy. In so many aspects in life it is so important to “Do what you love and love what you do”. As always, I enjoy reading your prospective and thoughts.

    • mike giddens

      Wendy, don’t youlove walking into Wal-mart and seeing a greeter that love what they do! Priceless.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

        we have a greeter at one of our Wal-marts that sings all day long. It is awesome.