Friday, January 27, 2012

Word for 2012: Persist

Right now the most important task in my life is to keep trying, to endure what is happening and hold onto my sense of values through some experiences that are testing me sorely. And so I pick "persist" as my word for 2012, and hope in my innermost self to exceed persisting and actually thrive this year.

Thinking about work

I often say that I love my job, and most of the time, that's true. I enjoy the tasks, I enjoy most of my co-workers, I am paid a good wage, and well-treated in other ways, including verbal appreciation and respect. Kahlil Gibran:
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.