Work Is a Very Serious Matter

Work is a very serious matter in almost all respects, whether it is work in the shelter of our home or work in the big, wide, dangerous world. Through work, human beings earn for themselves and their families, make a difficult world habitable, and with imagination, create some meaning from what they do and how they do it.

Organizations need to understand this wellspring of human creativity in order to shape conversations that are invitational to an individual’s greater powers.

To have a firm persuasion in our work —to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at the exactly same time— is one of the great triumphs of human existence. We do feel, when we have work that is challenging and enlarging and that seems to be doing something for others, as if we could move mountains, as if could call the world home.

Vocation is a moveable, often unspeakable frontier, between what we want for ourselves and what the world demands of us. It is this interior foundation married to the necessities of the outer world that make up a life’s work.

Summing-up: Work is a very serious matter indeed. We freight our work with meaning and identity, and fight hard and long for some kind of purpose in our endeavours. Working together we shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again.


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