Chapter 9Mindfulness and Our Life Work

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

—Desiderata (reputedly found in St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore, 1692; actually written by Max Ehrmann, 1927)

Most of us spend most of our time doing some kind of work, whether we like it or not. Work is a vital aspect of our lives and it can also be our greatest opportunity to achieve a profound working knowledge and to experience the complete peace and enjoyment that comes when we work out who we really are: connected, fulfilled, and happy. There’s more to our working whole than the sum of our working parts, and we can realize the deeper value of work ...

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