August 22, 2011

Community, Vocation, Delight

This morning Alloway Library is closed as we join with our colleagues in the annual TWU in Community event and next week on August 30 library staff will take a day away to be together for professional development and community-building.

This article by Thom Turner from Everyday Liturgy seesm apropos as we start our new year.
The Writer's Almanac's Definition of Vocation

Each day, when Garrison Keillor has finished with the daily poem on The Writer’s Almanac broadcast, he says the words “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

In a nutshell, what Keillor is doing is giving his definition of vocation to his daily listeners. The purpose of our lives, in Keillor’s mind, is to delight, do work, and be in community.

This threefold view of vocation is a powerful reminder of how all of these things are intertwined.
Our delight should be in our work.
Our work should build community.
Our community should be delightful.
Our community comes through hard work.
Our work should give us delight.
Our delight leads us to invite others into community.

This definition of vocation is a holistic approach to our work. When we pray to God “establish the work of our hands” or “build our community” or “make us happy” these are all good things. Pushing deeper though, we should begin to see how these separate thoughts should be intertwined in our spiritual lives and practice, informing one another and spiraling forth into a truer sense of our personal and corporate vocation.
For many of us at Alloway Library, our work is a vocation, a service to our community, and a delight (even with the challenges we face.) We look forward to a year of community with all our academic partners.

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