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Work Affirmations
"The working of magic is little more than having passion in your purpose,... and purpose in your passion." - Alexey Ilyushin Berardi, Prescott-AZ, 1996

I now see the career or combination of careers that best expresses my life's work.

Because I choose my career with full awareness, I am able to play with intensity without getting serious.

I have the will, energy and persistence to investigate the career I have chosen and find out all pertinent information.

I am totally honest and realistic in my appraisal of myself and my abilities.

I remain confident that I can flourish in the career or combination of careers that best support my life's mission.

I trust myself. I know that if a career is right for me, even if I do not now possess the skills and knowledge I need to excel in this career, I will acquire all that I need to know and more.

Nothing can stop me from achieving my purpose in life. Every step that I take gives me new confidence that I will succeed in making manifest my vision for myself and others.

From Laurence Boldt's book, "Zen and the Art of Making a Living."  

Warrior's Commitment
In life, sometimes you walk alone.
 You must make your commitment
 to stand up and walk a straight path.
Warrior's Commitment,
by Jerome Bushyhead

The Disease of Specialization

"The disease of modern culture is specialization. Looked at from the standpoint of the social system, the aim of specialization may seem desirable enough...The difficulties do not appear until we look at specialization from the opposite standpoint --that of individual persons. We then begin to see the grotesquerie --indeed, the impossibility-- of an idea of community wholeness that divorces itself from any idea of personal wholeness.

The first, and best known hazard of the specialist system is that it produces specialists --people who are elaborately and expensively trained to do one thing. We get into absurdity very quickly here. There are, for instance, educators who have nothing to teach, communicators who have nothing to say, medical doctors skilled at expensive cures for diseases that they have no skill, and no interest, in preventing...

Even worse, a system of specialization requires the abdication to specialists of various competencies and responsibilities that were once personal and universal. Thus, the average --one is tempted to say, the ideal-- American citizen now consigns the problem of food production to agriculturists and "agribusinessmen," the problems of health to doctors and sanitation experts, the problems of education to school teachers and educators, the problems of conservation to conservationists, and so on. This supposedly fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining himself. He earns money, typically, as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job for the quality or consequences of which somebody else --or, perhaps nobody else-- will be responsible. And, not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him."

"The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture," by Wendel Berry, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977.

Lakes and Rivers

The Game of Life's Work Affirmations Page contains text from page 242 of Laurence G. Boldt's 600 page book, "Zen and the Art of Making a Living- A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design" , chapter entitled "The Game of Life's Work". "Zen and the Art of Making a Living," is published by the Penguin Group/Arkana, 1993. The seven points outlined in the left column are reproduced here to inspire the viewer to show courage and perseverance in their career search. Mr. Boldt's book is highly recommended reading.

Good work finds the way between pride and despair.

It graces with health. It heals with grace.

It preserves the given so that it remains a gift

By it, we lose loneliness:

we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;

we enter the little circle of each other's arms,

and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,

and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.

From "What Are People For?" by Wendell Berry

Spiritual belief and work are inseparably interwoven- to posit otherwise is to weaken the connection and essence of both. From the Gospels,  Mark 12: 

"Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'

The second is this: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

And, as Mother Teresa wrote,

Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.

Is not work the embodiment of service to God and mankind, and therefore an expression of love? 

 -Lowell Greenberg, See also, The Avodah Institute



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