Finding Fulfilling Work

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How to find fulfilling work is a real issue for us. Work itself is a core dimension of our humanity. We are designed for productivity. Adam was placed in the Garden to cultivate it … we, too, are designed to cultivate things, releasing the potential of some aspect of creation.

Here’s the key—discovering fulfilling work is a process of discovering our authentic selves. And as we know ourselves, we’re more apt to discover our place in the world.

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The Deeper Magic — What We Long For

deeper magic, white witch, narniaWe all crave to live with real wonder, in harmony with the Deeper Magic. Aren’t you weary of a lesser magic? … a magic which deceives, drawing us into a death spiral.

It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards. (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Yes, there is a Deep Magic which has most things under its spell. The White Witch had a right to kill traitors to the true Kingdom. What the Witch doesn’t know is that a deeper magic is written over all things.

It’s this deeper magic that we want …

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Extreme Mountain Biking on the Cuillin Ridgeline

Danny Macaskill is a Scottish daredevil, an extreme mountain cyclist. In this short film he returns to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, his native home, and defies death on the Cuillin Ridgeline.

As I watched this, I thought about risk tolerance. Am I too risk-averse? I’m not going to bike a ridgeline. But there are other areas to think about. Macaskill inspires us to transcend our territory in life and work …