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Saturday, November 28, 2009


Do you know the myth of Sisyphus? He was a Greek king who, having offended the gods, was condemned to eternally push a large boulder up a hill. Not so bad, right? But the rock never stayed at the top, always rolling back down to the bottom, where Sisyphus had to start again.

This kind of futile, repetitious labor, without result, has given us an adjective: "Sisyphean."

Is your life Sisyphean? Do you find yourself stuck in the same old grind, day after day?

Well, cut it out.

There are two ways to deal with this. The first is to change what you do. If you’re stuck in drudgery, get out those classifieds and start job hunting.

The second (and I think more realistic) way is to change how you think.

There is no job that completely lacks value. Every job produces something. Find the value in what you do. No matter how repetitive it may be, some benefit must be coming out of it.

Or consider this: Albert Camus suggested, in The Myth of Sisyphus, that Sisyphus represents a sort of paradigm for the modern man, what he called an "absurd hero." Here's what Camus wrote at the end of that essay: "The struggle enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

Change struggles, or find joy in the one you have.

You'll be happier.

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