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Your work does not need to be useful. It just needs to be done.

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I’ve been sitting in front of my screen for what feels like, days now, willing the words to come out, that I have to share. I have been wanting to answer the many questions that have been filing into my email since we opened the doors to the Gypset BSchool Adventure. But on this rare occasion, I can’t seem to find the threads of where to begin.

 

Which brings me to the talk I saw by Elizabeth Gilbert of the infamous memoir ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ at the Byron Community Theatre last night. Someone in the audience asked her a question “How do I make my work useful?”. To which Elizabeth answered:

 

Your work does not need to be useful. It does not need to be beautiful, it does not need to be pleasing, it does not need to fill a hole. It just needs to be done.

 

How often do I look at my life experiences and think, How can this be useful to others? Often, I tell you. All the time, in fact.

 

What I took away from last night was that my only work lies in the exquisite self-expression of each moment. The way I show up with my coaching clients. The way I show up and do my writing. The way I creatively express my Being.

 

So today, I am simply sharing something that is flowing through me.

 

The remembering that the things I do, don’t have to fit in or measure up to anyone else’s expectations or ideas. They don’t have to be useful, beautiful, pleasing or to fill a hole.That all that I need to do, is allow the creative muse to flow through me. That, is my work.

 

The same goes for you. Your work does not need to be useful. It just needs to be done.

2 Responses to Your work does not need to be useful. It just needs to be done.

  1. So true Hayley. We find so many reasons to get into our heads about things, instead of allowing them to simply be expressed and have their own journey. The mind is such a fearful control freak, only awareness allows us the freedom to detach. xo

  2. Great post! I think it’s true, it just needs to be done.
    I think it is a good indication of how our mind can mind gets in the way of things, determining something as ‘irrelevant’, ‘ not overly meaningful’ etc. I could be that one small thing we are judging that changes someone’s mood/ day etc, and gives them that little golden nugget of inspiration.