Crucifying the “What” on the Cross of “How”
“Crucifying the ‘What’ on the Cross of ‘How'” was written by guest contributor,Babajide Faseyi.
While on the train yesterday, I had just put my laptop away. I had put my phone away too. I just wanted to be present for my short train ride. Just then, a man looking about 35 – 40 sitting across from me was talking about his job. He was new at his work place, had only been there for a couple months. He had amassed about 2000 potential clients and he was ready to cold call every single one. He seemed super excited about picking up the phone to cold call 2000 people, something I very likely would not be excited about. I wondered to myself if he was getting compensated for his job as passionately as he was talking about it.
His talk led me to think that what we find ourselves doing is never as important as how we are doing it. This is sooo easy to forget but it is all the way key key key. How is greater than what!
So if you do not like a “what” in your life right now, see if you can switch your focus to the “how”. If you are a bank teller that hates your job but has to work the job right now, as you haven’t yet found another practical way to pay the bills, see if you can switch your focus to how – how you count the money, how you speak to customers, how you relate with your co-workers, how you put on your dress shoes and clothes before you even go into work. Get yourself feeling great about the “how”.
It is from a place of feeling great about the “how” that is the source of true happiness, because then we are fully embracing life and offering little to no resistance to life no matter “what”.
I find that Martin Luther King, Jr worded this pretty much perfectly –
“Even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michaelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; sweep streets so that all the host of heaven and earth will have to say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
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About the Author: My name is Babajide Faseyi. I was born and raised in Nigeria and then moved to the United States for college at the age of 19. In my 20’s, I became acutely aware that there was more to life than I had been taught and this led me to a deep search. I read voraciously. After a period of disillusionment with not having an outlet for the creativity that I felt within myself, I encountered Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now. And thus, the journey of knowing who I truly am and the discovery of what I have to offer creatively began. The links to my facebook pages where my writings are posted are –facebook.com/bababajide and facebook.com/babajideinc.
Image Source: This image was created by Cameron Gray, and was reposted with permission from the artist.