“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t 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 the people who work with joy.”
“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”
Every one of us has unique talents and gifts, and when we develop these so as to contribute to the lives of others our lives will be filled with meaning, resilience, creativity and purpose. When our work is an expression of creative kindness directed to those in need, everything seems to flow effortlessly. We can be doing any job at all no matter how simple or humble, and if it is done with kindness and generous purpose it is completely fulfilling. A higher purpose to make a positive difference in the world always leads to a special form of happiness and flourishing.
Work at the highest level is possible only when the inner person of heart and soul arrives in tandem with the outer person. Without it, we can be present, yet bring only half of ourselves to our tasks. We can be exceptionally accomplished but not caring. We can act like professionals but without the empathy and compassion of a true professional. Detached from this spiritual center of love, we may come to feel a deep disillusionment and loss of motivation in work, but connected with it we can find endless energy and creativity.
Fact: Studies show that one of the best ways to create a successful culture on the job is to engage in kindness and generous behaviors with co-workers and customers.
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This is a project of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.