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Guest Post: Lisa Salinger

Work Worth Doing

Archer aiming his bow and arrowAre you looking for work? Maybe you’re among the 70 percent of blind people who are unemployed. Maybe you work part-time, full-time, or you are retired, but you’d like to do something extra.

Unfortunately, there is a down side to the job I propose, but there are also many benefits. Let’s get the negative out of the way first thing. After that, I hope you’ll keep reading to see the many advantages to be gained. Here’s the sad truth: working at this job has a nice benefits package, but no pay.

“No Pay???” I can hear the outrage from here. “What point is there in having a job if you’re not getting paid?”

Granted, bringing home that paycheck is one of the nicest benefits of having a job, but it’s not the only one. Besides, if you had all the work you could handle right now, you wouldn’t even be considering another job. So let’s look at some of those other perks:

  • A job provides a sense of purpose.
  • Doing your job well and meeting your goals helps you feel good about yourself, and who can’t use more of that?
  • A job allows you to learn new skills or hone those you already have.
  • Finally, a job may be a springboard that launches you to higher and better things.

Jump rope and towelYou might think it a bit far-fetched right now, but I honestly can’t think of any job more worthwhile than working on your health. Maybe you want to start doing more cardio, strength training, stretching, exercising to improve flexibility, healthy cooking, meditating, spending time outdoors, or any number of healthy pursuits.

I’m certainly not suggesting you should set aside the equivalent of a full-time work week. However, if you have the time to spare, consider carving out a generous portion for the purpose of improving your health. You will likely find that, just like any job to which you give priority, you will gain a greater sense of purpose and feel better about yourself, and you will learn new skills or hone those you already have. And once you get started on the path, who knows all the exciting places it may take you!

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