Do I like to work ?
Do you like to work ?
I am reminded of Joseph Conrad’s saying
“I don’t like work–no man does–but I like what is in the work–the chance to find yourself. Your own reality–for yourself not for others–what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.”
and think about our Monday Blue’s , Mid career blues and …
and when I think about my work, I do see it has given me the chance to find myself and this book gives a poetic framework to our work, however mundane it seems to us.
I wonder at times what is the point of all our day to day struggle and I am sure you also do wonder. In this book you could possibly discover the rationale behind the day to day struggle and possibly could make sense of it as well.
The author in his own poetic way insists on to keep a check on our horizons. He mentions
“Every path, no matter how diligently we follow it, can lead to statelessness and ennui. We might reach dizzying heights in our organization, occupy the top floor of any building, or, as a zoologist, make it to the Galapagos islands, but if we lose our horizons and the excitement of that horizon, our high office or our storied islands can seem like a gilded cage”
Once in a while, comes a book that comes and presents a diligent case to your heart and this book is definitely one of them. The prose portrayed as poetry by the author is magical and I would recommend you to take this book and go to a quiet corner.
This is also one book which spares you from framework or clear call to actions and appeals to your fundamental self.
This is also one book, that you will read, re-read and go back when you hit cross-roads.
Sometime back, I made a slideshare of the important lines from this book. You can view it here.
Go grab it. It is worth your time and money. Retire to a quiet corner and absorb it. I can guarantee that it would be a refreshing experience.
Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)