More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.
Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr's advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.
Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.
Our weekly columnist sends up a white flag to the insurance company, but in the end draws something more precious than money: her time and attention.
A letter from beloved children's author on living out your joy, in whatever form it takes.
This week inspired a lesson from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a poetic reflection on being more than doing from Parker Palmer, a precious moment that will make you smile, and a peculiar story about a lockpicker that will make you think.
In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.
Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.
A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.
As we rush forward into the work week, a poem to slow us down, turn us about, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves. Marie Howe reads her poem "Hurry."
Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?
For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.
It’s a dance, not an endless grind.
—Seth Godin, from his blog entry “Dancing on the edge of finished”
"Your hands are sliced up from twisting wires together, handling junction boxes made out of stamped sheet metal, and cutting metal conduit with a hacksaw. But none of this damage touches the best part of yourself."
A fine list of rules from creativesomething to consider and contemplate on this gorgeous Saturday winter morning. Non?
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Work of a multitasker. Photo by totalAldo/Flickr, cc by 2.0
To be effective workers, many of us use learned principles of best workplace practices, even though they may counter our natural instincts. But this goes against a common sense idea that your personal tendencies could help you at work. In “Autism and Humanity” this week, Paul Collins cites psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen’s research correlating autism with certain professions:
A smart film about the NYT photographer and seeing beauty in our everyday encounters.
"The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work." ~Mike Rowe