Love Made Visible

So, continuing the line of thought in my last blog post called Breaking Bread, if the idea of a company is for people to be in a relationship where bread is broken and shared, then what?

My friend and OD colleague Lucille sent me this quote from the philosopher and poet 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."

Can you work with love so that your work is "love made visible?"

In her note to me, Lucille added this final line: "How fortunate we are to be in a field that brings such continual satisfaction."

It's true. She and I are in the field of Training and Organization Development where we help people in organizations to be more adaptable, more resilient, more productive, and more effective. We guide, we coach, we train, and we mentor.

This is the key, I think. To work with love requires that the work be a source of satisfaction to you.

Taking a closer look at the word satisfy, it comes from the Old Latin: satis + facere = to make enough

What is enough? Our capitalist culture tells us that you can never have enough. That you must always have more. That more is better. That bigger is better. The result? We are never satisfied. We are always craving. Though we don't know what it is that we lack.

But how much do we truly need? Maybe that's what has gone wrong in our psyche. The ancient sage Horace said, "He who is greedy is always in want.”

This is one of the sins, I believe, made by the main character Walter White in the great TV series Breaking Bad. While starting with the desire to take care of his family, he fell into greed, a trap that is so commonplace in our culture as to be invisible to us.

G.K. Chesterton once said: “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

If your work, whatever it may be --from music, to medicine, to sales, to engine repair-- is a source of nourishment for you and for others, then that is enough.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Wednesday September 25, 2013

Comments

Greed is "...a trap that is so commonplace in our culture as to be invisible to us." How very true - sadly true. But it is concerning to me that the circular nature of circumstances often prevents us from only doing what we (or the job) needs. Since we are doing the job of two people for less money than only one would get, the wheel on which we are running can never slow down. We have seen the losses of our parents and grandparents and live in fear of not being able to survive let alone afford extravagances. I take pride in work well done and while that is enough for me, it is not enough for those who would take advantage of my abilities and good heart. And so around we go: work hard, work too hard, misplace self, work hard again.

Excellent line of thinking...I continue to ponder.
Terrence Seamon said…
Sadly many find themselves on that wheel you describe so well: "work hard, work too hard, misplace self, work hard again." Many of my clients ask me for help on stress and time management and what I say to them is that they must take good care of three things. First is Self. Borrowing a concept from Dr. Kathleen Hall, I teach the SELF model: Sleep (get enough), Exercise (get moving), Love (give and get), and Food (eat right). There are many other ingredients in self care but these four are basic. Second, take care of others (especially family, friends, neighbors, and customers) that you care deeply about. And third, take care of this place (particularly locally where you live and work). It's all we have.
Wirdgirl118 said…
Terry, I really enjoyed savoring these words and ideas!

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