I’ve long thought about the intersection of work and spirituality. Every Sunday at church, in addition to gospel music, we would solemnly sing all four verses of a hymn. Usually those hymns were about work. This one in particular stems from a Bible verse. The hymn’s name is “Work, for the Night Is Coming.”
“Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor—
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.
I sang joyfully. Work! Work…
A new publication from Medium has answers!
Please help us welcome the newest Medium publication, Index. It’s an informative hub for the lived work experience, a place to glean lessons from candid moments of triumph or failure. There are also calls to action for change and yes, cathartic humor.
As our work life evolves and our desire to seek both success and serenity hangs in the balance, we feel this new launch is perfectly timed. You can see/read for yourself here. Enjoy!
This story is a part of The Burnout Effect, ZORA’s look at the pressures to perform and produce in an already chaotic world.
In 2009, Lisa,* then age 23, landed in the hospital due to a series of health issues caused by chronic stress. After some testing, her neurologist delivered startling news.
“You’ll be dead by 26.”
She wasn’t expecting to hear those words several months after celebrating her new job as a manager overseeing 13 rental car locations in New York City. Lisa felt fortunate to secure the position, especially as a new college graduate during the tumultuous 2008…