Are you paddling in the right direction?
I’ve long talked about a rule I have tried to live by for making choices about work. I have not always lived up to this goal but, it is what I ask myself before taking something on, “Am I going to spend eight hours paddling in the wrong direction, and spend the time I have after work trying to undo the harm I did during the day. Or am I paddling in the right direction all day?” How do we manage to live, experience coherence in our lives – and find “right livelihood,” AND make a living – in an age where so many systems conspire against it?
When people depend on you, the tangles become tighter. Detachment? Not possible…for me anyway. Purity? Problematic too.
@Anandwrites gets at this in this great talk he gave at the Aspen Institute in 2015.
Anand Giridharadas is an author and New York Times columnist. He writes the “Admit One” column for The Times’s arts pages, and the “Letter from America” for its global edition. He is the author, most recently, of “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Texas’s Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him. In 2011 he published “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” about returning to the India his parents left.
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