You are not obligated to complete the work

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.  Do justly, now.  Love mercy, now.  Walk humbly, now.  You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

~ from The Talmud

A spirituality of work

A spirituality of work is based on a heightened sense of sacramentality, of the idea that everything that is, is holy and that our hands consecrate it to the service of God. . . when we care for everything we touch and touch it reverently, we become the creators of a new universe. Then we sanctify our work and our work sanctifies us.

A spirituality of work puts us in touch with our own creativity. . . Work enables us to put our personal stamp of approval . . . the autograph of our souls on the development of the world. . .

A spirituality of work draws us out of ourselves and, at the same time, makes us more of what we are meant to be. Good work . . . develops qualities of compassion and character in me.

~ Joan Chittister, in "Vision and Viewpoint,” an e-newsletter

You can always love your work

Pavarotti retains a kind of religious, mystical, commitment to his "work.”  And he insists on referring to it as "work,” claiming: "You can always love your work; your profession, at best, you can exercise.”  Few people realize that the joyful tenor, the man who is always smiling, is almost a cloistered monk . . .

~ from THE TENOR'S SON by Candido Bonvicini

Tao does nothing at all, yet everything gets done

It puzzles people at first, to see how little the able leader actually does,
and yet how much gets done.
But the leader knows that is how things work.  After all, Tao does nothing at all,
yet everything gets done.
When the leader gets too busy,
the time has come to return to
selfless silence.

Selflessness gives one center.
Center creates order.
When there is order, there is little to do.

~ "37. Doing Little” in THE TAO OF LEADERSHIP by John Heider

Your job is something you will be happy doing

Your job in the scheme of things is unique and designed especially for you.  Your job is something you will be happy doing . . . You can begin to do your job in life by doing all the good things you feel motivated toward, even though they are just little things. . . .

~ Peace Pilgrim

Doing what we are called to do

It is not easy to distinguish between doing what we are called to do and doing what we want to do.  Our many wants can easily distract us from our true action.  True action leads us to the fulfillment of our vocation. . . . Actions that lead to overwork, exhaustion, and burnout can't praise and glory God.  What God calls us to do we can do and do well.  When we listen in silence to God's voice and speak with our friends in trust we will know what we are called to do.  We will do it with a grateful heart.

~ from CAN YOU DRINK THE CUP by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Serve was joy

I slept and dreamt that life was joy
I woke and saw that life was service
I acted and behold! service was joy.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

The work to which we have been called

We can truly be successful only in the work to which we have been called.  The work is not ours.  It is God's, and we are privileged to be worked through by God . . .  How foolish, then, for anyone to think and proclaim that he has a certain work to do for God.  God may have a certain work to do through him, that is if he is sufficiently humble, but that is quite a different thing . . .

~ Harry T. Hamblin

Each of us has something within us that needs to be expressed

Each of us has something within us that needs to be expressed.  It may be the desire to play an instrument, paint landscapes, climb mountains, or grow prize-winning chrysanthemums.  Whatever that desire is, it comes from our heart and reflects our own unique gifts and abilities. . . .

~ G. Jean Anderson

Follow your heart-song

Follow your heart-song: your work and life's joy will flow as one in the service of Love.

~ from LUMEN CHRISTI…HOLY WIDOM by Nan Merrill
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