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.
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.