G.B. Shaw on True Joy in Life


This is one of my all tme favorite quotes on vocation, purpose, meaning in life, commitment to the things that matter most. I am using this as a core reflection assignment in an upcoming 90-5-U Leadership Community.

If you want the handout for reflecting on this - send me a note.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


The Joy of Work

Speaking About Labor Day...
How often do you hear someone complaining about their work? I assume it is pretty often.

How often do you have the sense to put in just enough "work" to get by, do the minimum needed, call it a day and a week and head off for R&R.

TGIF is the popular saying.

I found this thought from Recovering Redemption (Matt Chandler) to be very inspiring.

(T)he true joy of working is found not in lazing through long lunches and cutting corners the rest of the day, but rather through diligence and excellence and full service of others' needs...

Thomas Carlyle on Your Work

Today is a Final Word (at least for awhile) from Mr. Carlyle. Here it is. 

Thomas Carlyle quote On the choice of books  work  vocation meaning and purpose of work

Once again we see how rooted Carlyle is in the Christian worldview. For that worldview has a VERY HIGH view of work. Created in God's image, we are creators, workers, doers, makers of artifacts, artisan of culture, laborers in the marketplace vineyards of endless occupations.

We are created to do this. Much of the meaning and purpose of your life is to find out what you are made to do and what is made for you to do. At that intersection you discover identity, calling and vocation. Carlyle says this is one of the first problems every one of us must confront. What is the work we are to do in the universe?

Careers - How Many will You Have?

My dad spent his entire adult life in three jobs.

Chosin Reservoir, Korean War(1)  Shortly out of high school, he was in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He was part of the Army unit that saw action at the Chosin Reservoir. (I am incredibly proud of my dad and his service for his country.)  By the way, this image does not have my father in it, but it is what that particular military experience was like for the Korean Veterans.

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