By George, Hand Me the Splendid Torch!

George Bernard Shaw

People occasionally ask me how many hours I work, assuming that I must be putting in at least sixty hours a week. I just laugh. Yes, I am often at the computer from early morning until late at night but that doesn’t mean I’m piling up the billable hours. Far from it. I devote far more time to my life’s work than to my work life.

My life’s mission is to encourage and inspire people to live more positive, loving lives. I do that through writing books, posting on this blog, and talking to people whenever the occasion presents itself. Yes, I enjoy my work life but my life’s work brings me joy. Big difference.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw

The older I get, the greater the sense of urgency I feel to be as productive as possible and do the work I feel called to do. That said, I make sure that my life is in balance. I take numerous breaks during the day to get outside and enjoy the ocean, meet friends, exercise, eat, and attend and/or volunteer at Self-Realization Fellowship services and events.

I am also occasionally asked if I am looking forward to retirement. That also makes me laugh. Why on earth would I voluntarily stop doing what I love to do, what gives me fulfillment and purpose? For the final word, I once again yield the floor to George:

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw


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2 Responses to “By George, Hand Me the Splendid Torch!”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    Love the last quote by Shaw. I’m adding it to my quote collection. Your take on your life’s work is one we could all follow. Congratulations on finding and nurturing what works for you!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you Kathleen! I hope you find all the nurturing you need as well!

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