Settling and Boredom(REJECTED)

I OFTEN WONDER why we’re called human beings.

We should be called humans doing. Go, go, go, do, do, do—we are so caught up in our routines, our responsibilities, our commitments that we barely have any time to be, let alone become. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut at work (and in life), a state where all we become is complacent, where we don’t hold high hopes for things changing for the better or for our ability to affect that change, and where our meaningful output plummets.

Evidence is particularly ample on this last piece. A Gallup poll shows an astonishing 70 percent at work are disengaged. Relatedly, ...

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