Attaching to work

Dear brothers and sisters,

Attaching to work can make us tired because “this job is not suitable for me”, or make us proud because “I do things I love”.

Attaching to work can make us boring because “I do only errands”, or make us proud because “I do great work with senior leaders”.

Attaching to work can make us appreciate high paying job, or make us despise low paying job.

Attaching to work can make us appreciate paid work, or make us not appreciate unpaid work (housework and most of charity activities) because “it’s not real work, and unpaid labor is also not real labor.”

Attaching to work can make us appreciate meaningful work (support others, giving blood, teaching, heart healing…), or make us despise seemingly meaningless work (enjoying the sunlight, playing with the lizard…).

Attaching to work, as well as attaching to anything, will bring suffering. Not attaching to anything, we’ll cross beyond all sufferings and our heart is tranquil.

How not to attach to work?

See all works as the same.

Work that we love or work that we don’t love, great work or tiny work, high paying work or low paying work, paid work or unpaid work, meaningful work or meaningless work…, all works are the same.

Let our heart grow into an equanimity heart – Buddha’s heart.

Have a nice day.

Phạm Thu Hương

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