"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
In life, sometimes you walk alone.
You must make your commitment
to stand up and walk a straight path.
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.
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
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
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,