Don't go back to work

Don’t go back to work

I recently wrote an adaptation to the Rumi poem ‘ The breeze at dawn have secrets to tell you…’

I am not a poet, and Rumi is world class

So much so that his words were resonating in my head for a couple of weeks, wanting to share the message


I don’t think this is very helpful without context so it got me thinking, and I feel that …

There are three types of work

The first work is progressive work, both you and your employer know that you are not staying in the role for very long.  You are using that role to help you progress in your career, you have hopes and dreams, and you plan to break the glass ceiling.  

Your employer wants your youth and your energy, they know you are not staying and they are okay with that.  They usually don’t pay top rate and they don’t create a satisfactory way for you to stay and grow within them.

The second work is functional work, maybe you have reached your glass ceiling, maybe you have exhausted yourself trying to reach it, maybe your circumstances have changed, like having a family and you aren’t able to travel further afield to achieve your goals, and so you get into a routine of your work being functional.

The third area of work the courageous Suzanne Alderson describes as ‘bloodwarm’.  It’s so easy and natural to be immersed in your work, it’s buoyant and it supports you, it is warm and comforting, it’s a natural expression of you, it is never jarring or scratchy, it’s within you.  You spend time with your work as you spend with your loved one and your family, because it brings you joy, because it is just you.

So why the message


Sometimes you don’t see what type of work you are in and therefore you don’t see the blessing in functional work.

You only feel the frustration of it not being progressive, annoyed there there is so much potential and yet there is a lack of enthusiasm for anything being possible.

You can feel resentful that it is not bloodwarm because you give it your all and it will never be yours.  

You feel like you should get another job, but where are the opportunities for your experience, in your industry, that will allow you progress without frustration, that will allow you to give it your all without resentment?

You feel like you can use all of your skills and talents to power on through and surely something will give, surely there will be a breakthrough, surely your job can feel progressive again?

It cannot be any of these things, functional work can only be functional work, just as apple pie can only be apple pie.

So what ARE the benefits of functional work?

There are SOOOO many

It gives you permission to remember it is PART of your life

You have a WHOLE life

A glorious life, made up of friends, and family, and travel, and romance, and hobbies, and baking, and coffee’s with friends, and gardening, and theatre, and singing, and fun, and weather, and reading, and hobbies and travel, and yes I am repeating myself.

A whole life has many layers

You have 168 hours a week

You spend 56 hours sleeping, resting and restring your amazing body

From the remaining 112 you give SOME of that time to your work

When you give some of  your time to functional work without expecting it be something it is not, you receive the blessing from it.  You enjoy the people, you don’t expect them to work at your pace or at your level, you allow them to be the humans that they are.

You receive the blessing of giving your best, of doing a good job, of leading by example.

And then you receive the BEST blessing.

With the 56 hours or more that you have remaining, you get to create An Amazing Life.

You put your energies into your life.  You put your skills and talents into something you love for you.  You get to play, to find out what brings you most joy. You get to paint will all the colours of the wind.

For some this is toooo scary, they go back to work, they would rather work longer hours, they would rather feel the frustration, they would rather do anything than put their energy into their life.

This isn’t you ❤️

For you please DON’T GO BACK TO WORK

As Rumi says

‘The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you’

It is a secret only you can know

Only you can know how you will create your amazing life ❤️

Love Karen xx

PS here is the Rumi poem and my adaptation

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!”

The wise woman within you has secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to work!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to work!
The mother and wise woman are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to work!

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