Pursuing Your Passion: Pushing the Rock

Most people just need a job, and they pack passion in their lunch pails as part of finding joy in their job.  These people find pursuing their passion in just doing the job.

People who have tremendous success doing what they love to do are very fortunate.


Sisyphus was a brilliant king and founder of ancient Corinth.  According to Greek mythology, the god Hades condemned Sisyphus for eternity to push an immense boulder up a hill, only to let it roll down the hill and then push it back up again.

It is very easy for anyone to feel that same way about his or her own life:  Same hill, same rock, different day.

However, the French writer/philosopher Albert Camus saw how people pursuing their passion could find their passion in the daily activity of doing their job.

Camus wrote a great essay called “The Myth of Sisyphus.”

With a beginner’s understanding of French, I read the essay in French.

The subject of the book deals with existentialism. The existentialists viewed life as a pointless grind.

No task brought fulfillment.

In the essay, Camus evaluates existential philosophers in the first three of four chapters.

In chapter 4, Camus says that the only logical way to view life as having meaning was to see Sisyphus’s punishment a different way.

Sisyphus could change his punishment to pursuing his passion in how he viewed pushing the rock.  From Camus’s point of view, the beauty of life is not reaching the top of the hill, but pushing the rock.

The joy of the workday comes from focusing on the work, not the start and ending of another day.  People who view life this way are always pursuing their passion through their brighter way of looking at life.


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