A common refrain among INFJs, HSPs and Gen Y’rs generally is this idea of seeking out meaningful, fulfilling work. What do these words even mean?
Meaningful. adj. 1. having meaning. 2. having a serious, important or useful quality or purpose.
Fulfilling. adj. 1. making someone satisfied or happy because of fully developing their character or abilities.
This Girl’s Search For Meaning
I fall into all three buckets (INFJ, HSP, Gen Y) and I am constantly on some kind of quest for “right.” The right job, place to live or way to be. Still, regardless of the doubts I have about my career — even those based in value judgments — I often feel compelled to grin and bear it because of intense guilt.
I am privileged to live the life I lead and I don’t want to take that for granted.
Do What You Love: The Common Refrain of Unchecked Privilege?
So of course it didn’t help at all when I came across this Slate article yesterday by Miya Tokumitsu. “There’s little doubt that ‘do what you love’ (DWYL) is now the unofficial work mantra for our time,” Tokumitsu says. “The problem with DWYL, however, is that it leads not to salvation but to the devaluation of actual work—and more importantly, the dehumanization of the vast majority of laborers.” Every so often, even I forget to take a look at the big picture. This article was a painful reminder. Continue reading