Into the Clearing
Escape uniformity. Embrace the Elements. Breathe freedom.
Cramped & Drained
Bittersweet Pointlessness of daily routine
Work should be a place of joy and fulfilment instead of boredom
Why are we always looking forward to weekends, but never to Mondays? We might feel motivated when starting a new position, but after a while our daily tasks become a mundane routine. We wonder about the pointlessness of our roles, feeling like replaceable figures. Why are we doing this? Is it because of money? Do we have a feeling of getting anywhere? In an intense moment of culminated frustration our hero decides to take a break from the office environment.
escaping the fetters of civilisation
a Venture deep into the woods
a journey of self-discovery
Our hero packs his rucksack and leaves the concrete jungle of the city behind. He steps out, embracing nature, in search of a connection to something more profound and satisfying. Experiencing the soothing wind on his face, the fresh air in his lunges he feels free and peaceful.
We forget so easily our connection to Mother Nature. In many ways our modern corporate lives feel quite artificial. Instead of expressing ourselves spontaneously and happily we put on social masks to play our roles at work in pursuit of careers. On that path we forget the meaning of our work. Often we don’t even get enough time to discover our true vocational selves.
Passing beautiful fields and hills the hero reaches a forest with its wondrous trees and streams.
Weirdly at a remote cottage
Deep in the woods our traveller finds a cottage. Full of curiosity he enters.
an encounter with a herbalist
There he meets an old and intriguingly odd herbalist. Although she acts weirdly, she also seems to know many things - too many for our hero’s taste. He’s in search of meaning for his daily life and the old lady seems to hold the key to the solution of his problem. She reveals to him the illusions that create the lack of meaningfulness in his life.
We pretend more or less unconsciously that our jobs are all about making money and paying bills. We don’t even get a chance to express our authentic working identities which we can find only though patient reflection and practical experimentation in life. We are never sure if we choose right, because life is complex. As a result we become anxious about our choices, feel almost paralysed in our life situation.
Our corporate lives can generate profits from services and products that, if we’re really honest with ourselves, don’t help society in any meaningful way. We misuse people’s lack of self-control and produce or sell stuff that isn’t particularly helpful to society.
Our lives lack elegant, genuine simplicity. Companies are often large and work processes often slow and complicated, spread across many departments. The purpose of work gets lost in endless meetings, briefings, conferences and internal hierarchies.
An otherworldly trip
getting knowledge from self-reflection
The wise herbalist sends our traveller on an inner quest to discover solutions to the problem of meaningfulness. During the mesmerising experience the hero realises the most essential things necessary for a happy work life.
We need to reach our deepest, sincerest and most talented part of ourselves where meaningfulness reveals itself. It’s about identifying our true interests so that we know ourselves - a process that doesn’t manifest itself spontaneously but requires willingness and courage to discover and embrace our genuine passion.
Through inner reflection we discover our vocation, our real working self. We tap into our tastes and pick up the hints and glimpses that could be the beginning of a new path. Don’t let someone else have a plan for your life.
Claim the power over your inner self and become self-determined. You don’t need anyone’s permission to try out new things. Don’t be afraid to collide with the world. That’s how you find out what you really like.
Acknowledge that confusion and fear are just normal parts of the process. Also, don’t let your younger, less experienced self dictate you what to do in here and now when your current, more experienced self knows it better.
Let your work be a service to your fellow human beings. Take care of your customers to meet their real needs. Reflect on what makes them unhappy and fix it for them. Don’t exploit the opportunities just for the sake of money.
Sense the impact of your work on an audience on a regular basis
Tell meaningful stories to create the legitimacy and intimacy that people can relate to and be grateful for. Communicate the goals to both yourself and your fellow human beings. The key is to simplify life and to make results more tangible and relatable.
We are natural living beings, not specialised robots. That’s what nature can teach us.
It’s wise to choose imperfect breadth and variety of activities over narrow perfection. Our brains are not meant to be flawless automatons. Being like a machine that can only focus on one task perfectly requires from you a very high price to pay: the loss of enthusiasm and meaningfulness at work. Look at nature: everything is connected in a biosphere of relations. Keep the wholeness in mind. Don’t narrow your view down to one single task only.
The ultimate criterion
How would you feel about it if you were on the death bed?
When making important life decisions you can ask yourself this existential question. Seeing things from a broad perspective might make the situations look so much easier to handle.