Tag Work–life balance

God Works, I Don’t


Photo Credit Soni Metz

Photo Credit Soni Metz

Dr. VanCuren, a respected obstetrician and my mentor, used to worry about my incessant work. “You are always here, Yatin. You admit from ER. You take care of ICU patients. You work at the cancer center, not to mention the sleep center.” And I used to tell him that I try to follow the teaching of a wise Indian man, who had said 4000 years ago that work is always done by God, but our inflated ego wrongly makes us believe that we are the doer.

He listened to this year after year and then finally one day got irritated and said, “Now, I am not worried about you, but about the God whom you are working to death!”

Joking aside, this is an eternal truth. The sage explained further that every action needs not just you, but also the existence of time, space, people, processes, equipment, and the divinity. So, abolish your ego and let God work for you.

Believe truly that you are just an impartial instrument in the hands of God. When you genuinely believe it, then the fear of failure evaporates. Your goals become big, hairy, and audacious. You won’t stay up at night worrying about your demanding work the next day. You will enthusiastically and confidently look forward to your work. You won’t be looking at the clock all-day next day. Problems will turn into opportunities. Colleagues will become friends and competitors will become team members. Angry customers will turn into your word of mouth marketing champions.

It is a wonderful feeling. Try it. Here is how you can get started. The night before you start your work, say this to yourself, “I am not going to work tomorrow. The God is going to work through me.”

Repeat this sentence to yourself in the morning before you start working. Remember it when working. Repeat it in your mind all-day and see the difference.

Your headaches, neck tightness, and that burning in the stomach will disappear. Your blood pressure will be lower. Your nerves would be calmer. You will emanate peace, joy, optimism, and enthusiasm at your place of work and beyond. And most importantly, you will come home physically, emotionally, and spiritually energized. God has such influence if only you could let God work through you.

2 Tips to Prevent Job Burnout; a Recent Study


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A recent study of 288 managers in a Sino-Japanese automobile manufacturer showed that job satisfaction and utilization of social support had preventive effects on the emotion exhaustion.

This study underscores the importance of two major modalities at your disposal to prevent job burnout.

1. Love your work. Look at your work challenges with positive emotions. Do not whine about your work. Look for humor in every situation. Try to earn your living by loving. And if you are stuck in a job you hate, look for a job in a different setting. You may end up taking a pay cut, but it would be worth it.

2. Seek social support. You might be keeping your stress bottled up. Maybe you don’t want others to worry. Maybe you are too tired to talk about your stress. Stay open. Seek help. Let go of your ego. Openly talk about your job dissatisfaction and stress with your friends and family openly and often. You will find this immensely therapeutic. It will also enrich your relationship as you share your challenges with your loved ones.

Thanks for working hard to serve humanity. God bless you.

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