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Combining Life, Work and Love Published: Sunday, April 25, 1999 By: Dr. Manuel Angel Morales

 Carl Jung once instructed that, "all the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble… They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This outgrowing proved to required a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the horizon, and through this broadening of outlook, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded when confronted with a new and stronger image". Thus, the need of formulating an agenda rich in meaning, allowing for integrating the essential elements of the self, the world and the human journey, also says Geoffrey Bellman.

The self includes the body, mind and heart, absorbing the world and making sense out of the none sense contained in it. This is the very nature of public self, visible, tangible, active and dramatic. In this social crafting sense, everything a human being does is public because it affects the community. But there is another dimension of the self, which human being may reveal or conceal, the inner self that directs much of what we do. It has to do with reflection, which is standing back and processing intuiting, learning and creating sense even from difficult experiences. This self couples one experience with another, relating forty years and ten years from now. This creates the platform for aspiring, valuing self that struggles to leave a legacy or a contribution. If we are lucky enough to find the work we like, vocation becomes a vacation!

The dimension of the external world is what we encounter through our senses. As we move incrementally through the world and the experience of work we adapt to emerging circumstances of people, places, things and contexts. This environment can be appreciated, moved, acquired, consumed, destroyed, valued, loved hated, improved or changed.

Finally, there is the component of our own journey, where we transit touching the world. It is the difference we make by being there and it is made of the mind and handprints we are learning on this journey. It is every point at which we make mental and physical contact with the world. It is about the under lying passions of work and love. They are not the same, but it is necessary to explore the connections between the two. Work is often used to fill the absence of love, and vice versa. When someone loses a love, the prescription is to keep busy. And often when someone is without good work it may turn to a love relationship.

The potential passion for life, work and love, and the necessary strength for connecting the three, is within each human being. The three dimensions are necessary for full human existence, and they are not as emotionally separated as they are often approached. After all, human performance is the capacity to integrate results with the heart… It means getting where you want to go, and having feelings, a sense of worth and a destiny.

 


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