Joshua Graves
Exploring the Collision of Culture & Faith
Alienation of Affection
May 14, 2014

For those of you who constantly wrestle with work, calling, your passions, and fulfillment. Drink deeply from this wisdom.

In An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor writes: “In a world where the paid work that people do does not always feed their hearts, it seems important to leave open the possibility that our vocations may turn out to be things we do for free. I know an attorney whose vocation is dressing up as Santa Claus every Christmas so the children in his small town can tell him their heart’s desires. I know a teacher whose vocation is ironing sheets for hospice patients so their beds are as crisp as those in any four-star hotel. While it is sometimes possible to turn your love into your work—especially if you can figure out how to live on less—that is not always the best idea. When the music you love to play becomes the music you have to play to pay the rent, your heart can suffer from alienation of affection. The poet Wallace Stevens worked for an insurance company by day. T.S. Elliot was a banker, and Philip Levine was a Detroit autoworker.”


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