“It’s not your office, you only work in it; so why take on unnecessary stress? Do your given work, go home, relax!” advised a friend who lives in New York, when I shared with him the myriad problems of my workplace.

It was easy enough for him to say that, I guess, since he being a permanent residence there would have plenty of choices regarding work, especially now that Mr. Trump has set everything right on that front. At the same time, his words do point to the possibility that he isn’t doing work that he particularly likes, which I guess can give such a lackadaisical view of work, compared to the passion of someone who is doing what he loves.

Anyway one looks at it, work culture, about which so much has been said, has very different connotations for different people. I myself like the phrase, “Work is Worship”, a popular slogan on many vehicles operated by Punjabis, a reputedly hard-working community. Sadly, most folks, including the young, do not fully realize the hard fact that it is work that gives them a certain status in society, and of course, money to keep their worlds going round.

A truism of life is that one cannot always get what one wishes for, and this is all the truer about work in a country like ours, where no one talks about unemployment figures, simply because it is so hopelessly dismal. The irony is that, people should be therefore more aware about the value of the work they are lucky enough to be doing, but instead, most people treat this most important part of their life as just an interlude.

I, on my part, regard life as just a part of work. I, who am always on the lookout for nirvana, believe that our lives should revolve around our work. And, it doesn’t matter if I feel that my work is not paying enough in terms of financial rewards. First and foremost, I’m thankful that I’m at least gainfully employed. This in itself is a big thing!

Now, how one makes the most of this opportunity is entirely dependent on two things—one’s attitude to work and the value one adds to oneself as an effective worker. There’s another truism that I like—success breeds more success, and this adds value to one’s work, so that it becomes more interesting. This, I think, is the only way to make up for the fact that one cannot always choose one’s line of work.

So, looking at it from many different angles, wouldn’t it be wise to fashion one’s life around work? And, wouldn’t one be happier in the workplace where one spends a major part of one’s life?