More Than Money
Issue #36

Money and Work

Table of Contents

“The Real Work”

by Wendell Berry 1

It may be that when we no
longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer
know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is
not employed.

The impeded stream is the one
that sings.

"In the past decade, the work world has become a battleground for the struggle between the boring and the stimulating. The emphasis on intensity has seeped into our value system. We still cling to the idea that work should not only be challenging and meaningful-but also invigorating and entertaining. But really, work should be like life: sometimes fun, sometimes moving, often frustrating, and defined by meaningful events. Those who have found their place don't talk about how exciting and challenging and stimulating their work is. Their language invokes a different troika: meaningful, significant, fulfilling. And they rarely ever talk about work without weaving in their personal history."
-Po Bronson 2

"Most of us don't get epiphanies. We only get a whisper-a faint urge. That's it. That's the call. It's up to you to do the work of discovery, to connect it to an answer."
-Po Bronson 3

"You are born so intuitive. Don't ever tell yourself you don't know what you're doing, because you do. The real courage is to risk your own honesty."
-Caroline Myss 4

"Every choice you make sets something in motion."
-Caroline Myss 5


1Reprinted courtesy of Wendell Berry.
2From "What Should I Do With My Life? The Real Meaning of Success-and How to Find It" by Po Bronson in Fast Company, Issue 66, January 2003, p. 69.
3Ibid.
4From "Why Not Risk It All?," a keynote address given by Caroline Myss at the Omega Institute's Living a Fearless Life conference, April 3, 2003, New York, New York, www.eomega.org .
5Ibid.


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