important work

“You have the right to make a difference.”

Finding important work for me has been a lifelong struggle that, at times, fills me with pain and self-doubt.

I’m comforted by  the words of David Whyte, who calls this search a pilgrimage.

The stakes in good work are necessarily high. Our competence may be at stake in ordinary, unthinking work, but in good work that is a heartfelt expression of ourselves, we know, in the end, we are our gift to others and the world. Failure in truly creative work is not some mechanical breakdown but the prospect of a failure in our very essence, a kind of living death. Little wonder we often choose the less vulnerable, more familiar approach that places work mostly in terms of provision. If I can reduce my image of work to just a job I have to do, then I keep myself safely away from the losses to be endured in putting my heart’s desire at stake. (Crossing the Unknown Sea, p. 13)

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2 thoughts on “important work

  1. Hello Patricia

    I’ve been re-reading Carl Honore’s ‘in praise of SLOW’ as part of my thinking on a book I’m writing, a critique of self-development. It led me to wonder if anyone has developed ‘slow learning’ and so here I am, I found you! This post also coincidentally chimed with my current search to redefine my career/what I get paid for. I’d love to have a chat some time about slow learning.

  2. I’d love to chat with you! This discussion is timely and lots of people seem to be looking for alternatives. I’m also interested in a critique of self-help self-development as you mentioned.

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