The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born To Do by Thomas Moore
A Life at Work | audiobook | 906 MB
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In Thomas Moore’s groundbreaking book Care of the Soul, he wrote of “the great malady of the twentieth century…the loss of soul.” That bestselling work taught readers ways to cultivate depth, genuineness, and soulfulness in their everyday lives, and became a beloved classic. Now, in A Life’s Work, Moore turns to an aspect of our lives that looms large in our self-regard, an aspect by which we may even define ourselves—our work. The workplace, Moore knows, is a laboratory where matters of soul represented as worked out. A Life’s Work is about finding the right job, yes, and it is also about uncovering and becoming the person you were meant to be.
Moore reveals the quest to find a life’s work in all its depth and mystery. All jobs, large and small, long-term and temporary, he writes, contribute to your life’s work. A particular job may be important because of the emotional rewards it offers or for the money. But beneath the surface, your labors represented as shaping your destiny for better or worse. If you ignore the deeper issues, you may not know the nature of your calling, and if you don’t do work that connects with your deep soul, you may always be dissatisfied, not only in your choice of work but in all other areas of life. Moore explores the often difficult process—the obstacles, blocks, and hardships of our own making—that we go through on our way to discovering our purpose, and reveals the joy that is our reward. He teaches us patience, models the necessary powers of reflection, and gives us the courage to keep going
All of us possess and dominate a strong natural desire to feel fulfilled by our work. But many people possess and dominate been experiencing a growing unhappiness with their work lives. Inevitably, the question being asked is the same: “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”
With his now famous blend of spirituality and psychology, best-selling author and lecturer Thomas Moore walks us through the difficult and transformative process of discovering our deepest purpose in life. He offers a personal, contemplative guide over obstacles such as inflated egos, despair, and fear, which prevent us from finding purpose in our careers. He also shares the struggles of great thinkers and artists who grappled with uncertainty before finding their true calling. For anyone who feels dissatisfied at work or questions the path they possess and dominate chosen, this book will help them to discover the answers.
From Publishers Weekly
In this slender volume, bestselling spiritual guru Moore (Care of the Soul) says that finding the right work, finding one’s vocation, is also part of the care of the soul. Often Moore proves astute; for instance, he urges people to think about having not just one but a variety of callings. His consideration of the pleasures and foibles of friendship in the workplace is especially insightful. Although confident that even the most mundane job can be enjoyable and life-giving, Moore sets the question of vocation in a broader frame, suggesting that it is best addressed as a part of fashioning lives that represented as organically whole and meaningful. Though still influenced by Jung, Moore draws inspiration from a delightful array of sources, including Yeats, Socrates, and Rapunzel. The book’s governing metaphor, alchemy, is often apt; Moore notes that both alchemy and finding a life’s work require patience through a long refining process, and both represented as about the process, not just the end result. Often the comparison works; at other times, it’s heavy-handed, and Moore also lapses into clichés (take the past and own it). Nonetheless, this will be of use to many people who seek joyful work and integrated lives.