Sleepwalking to work, through work, at work?
David Bolchover, who wrote The Living Dead: Switched Off Zone Out – The Shocking Truth About Office Life and guest posted for the Timesonline, wrote on his book blurb that he left corporate life to do something with his life!
I also got an email for an organization that specializes in Career Shifts – you know those awkward career changes when you are going to do something different. They quote Howard Thurman whom I am sure David would like too.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.”
British poet David Whyte says similarly:
“There is only one life you can call your own, and a thousand others you can call by any name you want.”
If you can’t bunk out to the nearest bookstore to look for one of his books of prose or poetry, spend part of Easter listing all the times at work and play that you have felt truly alive.
It would be great to hear which of those you could sneak into your work life . . .
To sneak good stuff into your job, look for Dr Rao speaking to Googletalk (on YouTube). There is no reason to be in job that is deadening. But it might be way we “hold the conversation” that needs to change.
I like both of these quotes. I’ll have to hang them up somewhere to remind me. I’m heading to the bookstore today and I’ll check out David Whyte’s stuff.