Google The Philospher's Stone: Does the job own you?

Apr 17, 2014

Does the job own you?

Does the job own you?

Some of you may quickly turn around and say but we don't have a job.

The idea is not job. Idea is that does responsibility or commitment to things own you?

I understand that being a twenty gets to be another era because of the word 'growing up' or 'responsibility' attached to it. And we spend major part of the twenty enjoying it. Past the middle ground of this decade though this begins to act like a baggage.

And when I say baggage I mean a lot of things, such as:

When jobs begin to act has harbingers of constant preoccupation
When jobs stop making us happy or proud but tensed and distressed
When jobs start to look as everyday things we have to to no matter what
when jobs stop giving us a break

Read the last line, when jobs stop giving us a break. I believe if we don't wish to do anything, no one can compel us into doing so. And hence when we say that jobs or responsibility tie us down we actually only employ the expression to create a fallacy.

What can we do to prevent this?

Create an 'I' and remember to center ideas around it
Never let your identity be determined by things other expect of you, but things you wish to do
Sense of accomplishment should be self-sustaining, not requiring validation at every juncture
The idea of being responsible is owning something not being owned by it.

In your everyday place, is there a responsibility or a task which you feel has become the center of your life? Share with us how you deal with such things.

If you are taking part in A-Z blogging challenge this April, then do leave your blog link in comments, will surely link it up with my posts. Thanks!

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  1. Life is busy. There are daily concerns and obligations that have to be met, and to take time to think about how precious and special a human life is that you only get one, and that every wasted minute is lost. You can't get it back.
    That is exactly what my todays post talks about - OBLIGATIONS

  2. "Does your job own you?" Interesting question that. That would depend on whether you really love what you do, or if you are doing what you love. If you are truly doing what you love, then I don't ownership becomes an issue :) It just comes naturally and will continue to do so.

    Wow ! Look at me. I am talking "gyaan".

  3. I love the picture in your post and the quote. Jobs rarely give us breaks. I am a writer and I love to do it. Writing is my life, but there's a lot more to it than just writing and all of that takes so much time and energy. Lately I haven't had a break just to write and enjoy it.

  4. Though my job doesn't own me but I hate my job and have to do it for it helps me be independent... I wish I could do something which I love like writing full time...even though I might be able to afford that luxury something inside me stops me to..And see now I think it's too late to do anything about it!

    O for Ostracized-Random Thoughts Naba

    1. Or maybe it does own me since I have to cling onto it! sigh!

      O for Ostracized-Random Thoughts Naba

  5. That was a wonderful quote in the end. It is good to get rid of baggage when needed. Good message Richa & good luck for A to Z. I am also participating

  6. A beautiful pic and a nice quote, there, dear :) The job doesn't own me now, but I'm apprehensive of a future where it will !!

  7. I am in a stage where slowly and steadily my job / responsibilities are attempting to own me.
    Let us see where this goes.

  8. Yes, my job owns me but I have been self-employed for over 40 years and I want to fire myself so I don't have to work anymore but then I can't find someone to replace me LOL

    Carol @ Battered Hope

  9. Very interesting yet complex issue, Does the Job Owns You? On one hand, there is the issue of quitting out of dissatisfaction and on the other hand, being independent and being able to pay the super coffee or bills. What one can do is try to find meaning in it or try searching for something better while being at it..lolz

  10. In order to be truly happy, we must be completely content. Satisfied that we have done and are doing is enough. Nothing more is demanded. Nothing more is expected, but our own ambitions. Another lovely quote there!

  11. What if you don't have an option! Your financial commitments own you and "if we don't wish to do anything, no one can compel us into doing so" what if there were compelling reasons to work like a parent dependent, or family responsibilites, can you take a break from work then???

  12. very insiping lines...happy to start my day with your post!! awesum keep it up