I love it when topics that are on my mind and your heart show up in other stories, readings and learnings that I stumble upon . They are happy discoveries along the way that sort of energize my thinking around a topic. Love when that happens! Lately, the topic has been happiness, and how purpose and meaning are tied to our happiness. If you didn’t see my earlier post on the topic, here’s the link: Nexus of Skills and Passion
In the last two days, I have read two wonderful pieces on this topic. In very different ways – one spiritual and one professional – they both reinforced for me how critical it is for our minds and hearts to know that we are working on something that matters to us. How ‘work’ and ‘life’ really can’t be compartmentalized as much as we say or think … one informs the other. For better or worse.
First, was a wonderful daily reading from Mark Nepo in The Book of Daily Awakening (love this – highly recommend!) Book Link – Mark Nepo. The reading talked about the importance of living out our true nature, not living just to please others or be what they expect of us.
To discover our own truth and try to craft a life that is true to that. He ended with a statement that especially stayed with me:
“JOY IN WHAT WE DO IS NOT AN ADDED FEATURE; IT IS A SIGN OF DEEP HEALTH”
Wow! That somehow made it feel more essential to be authentic – core to health, not just a nice to have.
(The gorgeous rocks are from the happiness garden at Newcastle Elementary School in Virginia Beach. LOVE them!)
Then, I read a NYT article – written from a business perspective. Here’s the article link: NYT Article Link – Liking Works Really Matters
The study and article show that when we find personal value and relevance in our work, we perform at a much higher level. So a deeper sense of health and better performance – seem like two great reasons to try to bridge work and our purpose and passion.