How much you can produce in an hour may be a useful metric in a factory, but it’s not relevant to the most essential work of our time.
On this day, it’s worth asking: what is work? Are we measuring the right thing? Is the nature of work even something we can measure?
In the waning days of summer the tendency is to hold on and grip to the season. Through the gift of presence we can hold these final days without holding on.
Thomas Merton says our service to the world might be simply to keep a place where there is no noise, where people can be silent together. Some reflections.
When it comes to being “productive” — doing our best work — we often build barriers that block us and sabotage our efforts. Awareness of these barriers is the first step to changing them.
Rumi teaches that our task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find the barriers that we’ve built against it. And then what?
Somewhere we got the idea that we should pack our schedules full. What if that is causing us to miss out on life itself?