Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Silver Linings Textbook?
By Sharon Thomas

An article in Slate I read some months back claims to support American workers but actually (to my mind) degrades them. That author says that encouraging people to "do what they love and to love what they do" (that feeling that comes in tandem with having what I would term a mission or a calling) devalues work and the American worker. I dispute this assertion mainly because I think that the author does not understand what having a mission or calling adds to one's life, and I think she snobbishly assumes that the only jobs anyone could ever want to do are the ones that the author herself finds to be enjoyable - if she could never view them as mission-worthy, then neither could anyone else. No, no, no - that's not how a calling or a mission works, and there are damn good reasons to seek one's calling in life. So step off, young lady, and let the old lady chime in.

People ask me some version of this question all the time: "How come you like your job so much?" It is perhaps a sad state of affairs that I sometimes feel as fanciful as a unicorn in loving what I do for a living, but I have found (especially as I get older) that truly enjoying one's job is a rare and precious thing. I know the reason why I love my job and why I have been able to maintain that affection for so many years. I have written about it in other forums (like this one), and I have even been interviewed about it by researchers (happiness research exists - how cool is that?). Interestingly, others bring up the topic to me all the time....

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