"Work is remarkably undervalued as a source of inspiration and a place where we can exercise nobler intentions. . . . Indeed, many jobs that, by societal decree, are considered lower on the status chart offer fertile ground from which true spirituality can blossom," writes Matthew Gilbert, managing editor of NAPRA ReView, in this exceptionally fine book on work as an opportunity for sacred meaning, enlightenment, and service of others. He shows how all the religions of the world affirm the importance and goodness of everyday labor Luther's Christian ideal of vocation, right livelihood in Buddhism, karma yoga or "the path of God through work" in Hinduism; the Native American way of honoring the Spirit in all that we do, and the Zen beauty of the tea ceremony.
Using illustrative material from Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rachel Naomi Remen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tarthang Tulku, and others, the author shows how work is "ripe with opportunity for exploring and developing our spiritual selves." Gilbert writes cogently about doing simple things consciously and well, about honoring the humanity and goodness of colleagues and clients, about being more compassionate and understanding in our relationships with others, and about taking pride in what we do. In this spirit, we would all do well to heed the philosophy of Lord Tweedsmuir who said: "I would be content with any job, however thankless, in any quarter, however remote, if I had a chance of making a corner of the desert blossom and a solitary place glad."