I'm not being challenged.
I don't LOVE what I'm doing.
I'm stuck in a dead end job.
They don't pay me nearly half of what I'm worth.
I'm just going to say F 'em, and quit!
Not saving lives here.
Sound familiar? If you're like most people, then yeah, of course it does.
One of the many mantras that I live by nowadays is this:
"Don't look for meaning in your job; bring meaning into it."
If you really don't like your job, and you don't think you can suffer through another day of it, then you should actively seek other means of employment. If you think you can stick it out, then begin to train yourself to see the positive things about it. I heard somewhere that even if you make minimum wage in the U.S., you're making 30% more than a ton of families throughout the world!
Instead of griping about the everyday annoyances, what positives about your job can you extract? What do you think it's lacking? Can you think of ways to bring something that you love, such as Yoga, to your place of employment? Or how about you and a random colleague schedule 15 minutes one day and share something about yourselves to each another? It doesn't have to be monumental, but I'm sure you can think of something that would bring meaning into your job.
Remember that your job, or whatever you do for employment, is not who you are, it's just what you do to earn income. Who you are is much deeper than what you do to make money.
You can be anything you want. You can do anything you want. Remember when you were a kid, and you had all these huge aspirations? You can make them happen right now, if you chose to. Think of life as an open opportunity to live your hugest, wildest, dreams. The fact is you only get one life. Don't waste it being bound to nothing. I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it: Follow you dreams! Do things that make you happy, and don't apologize for it.
So today, walk into work not seeking meaning, but be thankful and bring your passion, whatever it may be, to it.