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My Work, My Life, My Love...

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Finding out that the love of your life is your work can be liberating, uplifting, challenging and, in some cases, confusing and even depressing. For many women, the empowerment they feel from pouring their passion into their work can be a cause for celebration; they are strong, independent, dedicated and gifted women who mold their lives and their work into a dancing, productive, creative symphony, each part dependent on the other, the wheels always in motion.

However, what happens to the woman who suffers as a result of this working passion? Not to say that she doesn't adore her work, her career, her artistry in the field of accomplishment in which she finds herself; but what about the woman who wakes and sleeps alone more often than not, who longs, too, for a partner, perhaps a family, or just someone to come home to at the end of the day?

For some, the energy spent in jobs they become incredibly efficient in, or the artistry placed in creative careers, is a sort of sublimated love energy which, channeled as it is, turns work into something exceptional, extraordinary. At times, though, this can be lonely for women. Some of the most talented teachers, artists, lawyers, chefs and doctors go home alone at the end of each magnificent work day. While their work may continue to give them intense satisfaction until the day they hang up their final painting/patient/student/hat, there is perhaps a sense of yearning in some cases, for some stream of energy to run off from the sea of their working and into a little quiet dinner for two.

As Valentine's Day approaches, many brilliant working women without a Valentine will once more roll their eyes toward the heavens and wish there were no such thing as chocolate boxes and Hallmark cards. Yet they will also find ways to indulge themselves and maybe distract themselves from feeling they are missing out on something they want, something they need... intimacy, warmth, contact.

When work becomes a woman's life, there may be creature comforts she is hungry for; not only sex, although that, certainly, is a very human need.

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