Is it possible that by embracing the achievement-oriented ethics
of the workplace, many of us have not only lost ourselves to
our work, but have lost touch with our humanity? Has our exhilaration
at the opening up of workplace opportunities clouded our judgement
of what is achievable - not only for us - but for those we work
In her book Revolution from Within Gloria Steinem talks
openly about her own self-neglect in spite of all she achieved
- I felt like I was taking care of the world, and saw myself
only as caretaker.' Numerous friends have confessed to a total
lack of joy around work in spite of their success. They constantly
talk in terms of survival, because no matter how hard they work,
they never seem to experience any let-up. Many admit to intense
loneliness, because there's no-one with whom they can share their real selves.
They may be successful but they're living like finely-honed work
machines, rather than living, breathing, passionate human beings.
Perhaps being truly successful is less about being supermen
and women than it is about being energetic, joyful, fulfilled
individuals in every aspect of our lives. Once we recognise
this we are inspired to retrieve critical parts of our lives
- to create time out for ourselves - for our friends and family
- for creative pursuits - for travel even. For each of us the
way back will be different. We don't necessarily have to quit
our job, so much as expand the possibilities of the moment. Then
as we become the passionate, vibrant individuals we ache to be,
we become real people with real lives.
International Wellbeing Magazine &
The New Zealand Charter Journal for Health Practitioners.