I’m sure most of you have heard the expression “working like a dog” which probably conjures up the idea of someone slaving away, working long, tedious hours, feeling absolutely miserable. But have you ever actually watched a dog work? Maybe a sheep dog herding a flock? Or hounds on the chase of a scent? They are mad with excitement, going all out to accomplish their goal. They might technically be “working” but don’t tell them that. This type of work feels like play, and they can do it All. Day. Long. That is, until they completely collapse with exhaustion. That’s when the “rest” comes in; right up until they wake the next morning eager to do it all over again.
If we’re in our zone, staying present, we will only ever feel like we’re in one of these 2 states – Rest or Play. That’s why people say things like “Find something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It doesn’t mean these people aren’t exerting incredible effort. It just means they are enjoying it. And just as important as feeling joy from your daily actions, is honoring your body when it tells you its had enough. This rest is essential. Without it, we wouldn’t be in any state to find joy.
So the next time you’re around a sheep dog, or a 2 year old for that matter, take some pointers because they get it. Play hard. Crash hard. Repeat.