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One of the most wonderful things about having a blog or interactive website is the ability of others to add to your thinking through their comments.
I received a wonderful comment from Dan Oestreich about The Great Wall of Saskatchewan article and 10 slide story about the great wall. I thought it was so well-written that I wanted to ensure others got a chance to see it as Dan says much about engagement:
What a beautiful story and image. I think we forget sometimes in the apparent complexity of knowledge work about the underpinnings of what is good labor. It’s easier to see the value of the stones that make a wall, and to imagine each one of the stones, how it is placed and balanced; the talent of the wall-maker and that person’s dedication.
Sometimes we forget that each project, each relationship, each moment to moment transaction today is like one of those stones. Perhaps we can no longer drive along a road to see how they’ve accumulated into a monument; yet to my mind they are no less real for being subjective products.
Maybe there’s just a thin file folder someplace lost in a cabinet in the basement, but it represents years of personal work, now more or less invisible. The beauty of such a legacy is that in some way it is like those zen poems written on old pieces of newspaper into which a fish had been wrapped. The poem was sent on its way in the universe with only an expectation of its transience. It dissolved within a few hours of having been written, or was crumbled up and tossed in the fire. In another world, we could build a wall from stones; today, we type words onto a screen — and all that washed away much faster even than footprints next to a wave.
Yet, God love us, we keep making our marks and investing our hearts in our accomplishments, even, perhaps, just delivering the mail. Tomorrow there will be more, and after that there will be more, and so on and so on. And yet we do know the difference between mail delivered well and not delivered so well, and we take pride in it, all of it, because the heart knows good work, and no matter what it is, no matter how evanescent, the beautiful thing is just that we care. And that makes all the difference in the world.
I encourage you to read more from Dan at Unfolding Leadership.
When you look into the mirror of yourself and work, what do you see?
Here is a snippet to think about from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
On the job people feel skillful and challenged, and therefore feel more happy, strong, creative and satisfied. In their free time people feel that there is generally not much to do and their skills are not being used, and therefore they tend to feel more sad, weak, dull, and dissatisfied. Yet they would like to work less and spend more time in leisure…the apathy of many people around us is not due to their being physically or mentally exhausted. The problem seems to lie more in the modern worker’s relation to his job, and the way he perceives his goals in relation to it…many people consider their jobs as something they have to do, a burden imposed from the outside, an effort that takes life away from the ledger of their existence.
Photo Credit: A perfect world by http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjordan/2128261974/
Meditation is an invitation to notice when we reach our limit and to not get carried away by hope and fear. Through meditation, we’re able to see clearly what’s going on with our thoughts and emotions, and we can also let them go. What’s encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we’re closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance. We’re able to see how we run and hide and keep ourselves busy so that we never have to let our hearts be penetrated. And we’re also able to see how we could open and relax. ~ Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart.
Photo Credit: Crack of Light 1 by http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerrychu/536021564/
Just outside of Smiley Saskatchewan is the Great Wall of Saskatchewan.
This is a project of love, legacy, and tenacious obsession on the part of Albert Johnson who spent 30 years building the wall. Check out this short 10 slide story I created about Albert Johnson’s wall.
You might not spend 30 years building a wall but when your work is done, what will you leave behind?