To be alive is to be working. You are working all the time, because ‘action’ is happening all the time.
“Work is not outside of me, work is an expression of me.” Work is not outside of me, work is just an expression of who I am.
If the first category is where you belong to, then work is sufficient. The return, the reward, is contained in the work. If the second category is where you belong to, then work is not sufficient. Then work, plus, rewards is what you are looking for.
The salary is not contained in the work. The salary is an output of the work. This is the second way of living.
Man is the only one, who has to support his ambitions as well. Man is the only one, who has to support his psychological self as well. Then obviously, supporting yourself becomes a burden. Then obviously, just carrying on with life, becomes a burden. Because life is demanding so much.
Do not live a life that tries to escape work, and also do not live a life that uses work as a medium for psychological aggrandization.
Work must always be there as an expression of your Heart.
Action is always happening. You cannot avoid action. Even avoiding action is just another action. So, action will happen.
Fight hard and then let what is going to happen, happen. Do not worry about the result. Just say, that I did what I had to, and I have now devoted the result to you(Krishna).
Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant on Khalil Gibran: How to know the right work for oneself?