This past week I came home with not much time to spare before dark but I wanted to get a few things done outside. We have been replacing the rock around the base of our house with cedar bark. My wife and a family friend had removed most of the rock during the day when I was gone. I was heartened by this and wanted to continue the project. After quickly having some dinner and changing clothes, I got outside to do a little work. It was so enjoyable shoveling, smoothing, and removing dirt and some leftover rock. The area was prepped and I felt like I had accomplished something. It was satisfying to see the change and just knowing I had done something for our house.
After this I went inside and worked in the kitchen for a while. I put away dishes and did some general organizing. It too felt very good to do something for myself. The work did not take much thinking but was more of a task and there was a peace that came with that. It was easy yet fulfilling.
When I get this relaxing, satisfying feeling from work, it makes me wonder. I wonder if I am overlooking something. Is this the work I am suppose to be doing with my life? Am I getting this level enjoyment with other work I am doing? How could I do work similar to this, get that same level of satisfaction, and receive the pay I would like?