“One day, alone in the kitchen with my father, I let drop a few whines about the job. I gave him details, examples of what troubled me, yet although he listened intently, I saw no sympathy in his eyes. No ‘Oh, you poor little thing.’ Perhaps he understood that what I wanted was a solution to the job, not an escape from it. In any case, he put down his cup of coffee and said, ‘Listen. You don’t live there. You live here. With your people. Go to work. Get your money. And come on home.’
That’s what he said. This is what I heard:
1. Whatever the work is, do it well—not for the boss but for yourself.
2. You make the job it doesn’t make you.
3. Your real life is with us, your family.
4. You are not the work you do you are the person you are.
I have worked for all sorts of people since then, geniuses and morons, quick-witted and dull, bighearted and narrow. I’ve had many kinds of jobs, but since that conversation with my father I have never considered the level of labor to be the measure of myself, and I have never placed the security of a job above the value of home.”—Toni Morrison / The New Yorker (June 5 & 12, 2017 Issue) 🙏 💖
✍🏾@newyorkermag “The Work You Do, the Person You Are” by Toni Morrison (June 5 & 12, 2017 Issue)
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