“And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching….
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.” from Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (Knopf, 1923).
While this passage is from a hundred years ago, but just as relevant to work today. While the way we work and what we produce may be radically different today, it still matters if we are working with love.
It makes all the difference for those you serve, and those you employ. We are social creatures and can tell the difference when work is infused with care, attention, and intention.
If you are feeling a little lost or want to reconnect with your passion, consider working with a coach. We can help you find your way back to meaningful and impactful work.