Finding purpose in nonpaid work (DW#989)
It is no newsflash that our society values paid labour over the millions of hours spent by people all over the world doing work at home and raising families. Work such as this often goes unnoticed and unappreciated.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that you can find meaning, purpose and joy at the tasks of housekeeping, caregiving and parenting regardless of how others view your contribution.
Once again, the secret to finding meaning and purpose in all our daily activities is to connect how what we are doing is contributing to the lives of others.
Spending time raising your families? The contribution to them is of course obvious. And we (sometimes) get to see it in their success and happiness.
However, it goes far far beyond them.
Raising good humans is a contribution that we make to their spouses, to their bosses, the community they will live in and to the world at large.
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