Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Taking your Soul to Work

Mimi Marrocco came to Faith Connections' Theology on Tap on June 14, 2006, and made a wonderful case for being ourselves during the 70% of our lives that we spend during our waking lives at work. Her illustration of the cost of denying that self, staying safe, was drawn from Dickens’ novel Great Expectations: Wemmick, the “post-office-mouth man” — man as machine during office hours.

The model she proposed was one where “the work and worker are one in purpose and values.” She gave examples of meaningful work, where companies treat employees fairly and encourage them to give time to others. Companies like Hanna Anderrson clothes also realize that their existence is dependent on a healthy community: we all win when communities work.

The cost of denying our vocations is high. Marrocco gave examples of environments where individuals did not dare voice their disagreement with the majority resulting in disasters like the Challenger accident.

Allowing ourselves to be who we are brings unity to our lives. To illustrate this, Morrocco quoted from David Whyte:

"The day will come when with elation you will
Meet yourself at your own door
And you will greet yourself with elation
And each will smile at the other
You will love again the stranger
That was yourself
Sit and feast on your life."


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