What is worth doing? What is worth having?

Among the big questions we face in life these two go to the core of who were are and working out what we want for ourselves, for our families and for our communities. They ask us to stop and think about why we live the lives we do and give us an opportunity to examine the expectations and motivations (both intrinsic and extrinsic) that drive us. Strangely, they can also free us of these things, at least momentarily, if we really care to listen for answers that may open new or slightly different perspectives.

The Australian cartoonist and author, Michael Leunig, spoke to these questions through his famous characters, Mr Curly and Vasco Pyjama in his book The Curly Pyjama Letters.

“What is worth doing and what is worth having?” asks Vasco of his friend Mr. Curly.

“It is worth doing nothing and it is worth having a rest”, advises the sagacious Mr. Curly. “In spite of all the difficulty it may cause, you MUST rest Vasco – otherwise you will become RESTLESS!”


The earnest and philosophical Vasco might have been expecting a more profound response and yet surprisingly the back-to-basics, compassionate and witty advice of Mr Curly provides powerful perspective.

What is worth doing? and What is worth having?  are questions also central to career decision-making, because ultimately most of us want to be doing work that we feel is worthwhile. Work that aligns to our values, respects our motivations, and honours our skills and aspirations is gold, and well-worth the journey it takes to find.

So, on this Friday take a moment to reflect on, discuss, debate and celebrate two questions that can change your life.

Until next time, go well