A Life At Work

A Life At Work

November 19, 2020 0 By Shannon McCaffery

I was a middle child growing up. I remember when I and my older brother and sister were all in high school at the same time. They started having those classes about college and appointments with their counselor about what they wanted to do for their career.

I remember watching them anguish over the decision on where to go to college. What programs they offered. What type of score would they need to get on their ACT or SAT to even get into college.

All of it seemed so foreign, frightening, and something I never wanted to have to deal with any time soon until it was my turn.

It was just as painful, and anguish filled for me. I was 18, graduating high school, no clue what I wanted to do, or what school to go to. So I just settled for the state college because my father said he would have three kids in college, and that was all he could afford.

Even after I was in college, I kept switching my major. I mean, how’s an 18-year-old supposed to know what they’re calling is. I was clueless.

I finally settled on a major and graduated and got a job. My corporate America journey began in sales, and then marketing, and now running my own marketing agency for 14 years.

It felt like it took me forever to find my footing and stumble across doing what I feel like I was born to do. Yet, it didn’t have to take all those years, or maybe it did! 

This leads me to this book that I just recently finished on Audible. I wonder what my life would have been like had I had this book – Your Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do, by Thomas Moore. 

I thought I had read all the books on living your purpose, finding your calling, finding your purpose, etc.  This book really summed up the journey of how important it is to discover what you’re born to do.

Thomas Moore did an excellent job describing how all your experiences, and jobs for better or worse, can contribute to your true purpose in this world.

What was most telling for me was when he talked about people who are dissatisfied with their work. If they’re dissatisfied, it will show up in all aspects of their life.

And when you do work that you love, it connects to your soul. Then you will always be satisfied, not only in your work but in all areas of your life – wow!

If you’re struggling with finding your life’s work and need a guiding light, I’d highly recommend this book.

Some Inspiration and Quick Book Review to Entice You to Get and Read it!

Quick Summary: What I loved about this book is how it guides you to dig deep into your soul’s purpose. It’s not about just having one job for the rest of your life. In fact, it’s normal to have more than one job in different fields. As we grow older, we shift and change, and that’s ok. Thomas gets us to really take a hard look beneath the surface and do work that satisfies your soul. 

WHO Ought to Read this Book: If you’re between jobs, or looking for your calling, your purpose in life, then you have to pick up and read this book. Thomas has a brilliant writing style and really gets at the heart of why it’s crucial that you do work that satisfies your soul. When you don’t do work like that, everything suffers in your life because of it. 

Why Read this Book? Even if you already know your purpose, I’d encourage you to pick up this book. He uses language, encouragement, and the questions he asks to help guide you to help others.  He teaches us patience, models the necessary powers of reflection, and gives us the courage to keep going.

A Couple of Things You Will Discover: How all jobs, great and small, contribute to your life’s work. A job that you have maybe more important because of the emotional rewards you receive. Not all work is about how much money you will amass. If you don’t do work that is connected with your deep soul, you might always be dissatisfied in your work and in all areas of your life. No matter what your work is, if it’s dissatisfying, it might do more harm than good. 

Inspiring Book Quotes:

The Soul:

“Creative imagination is the workshop of the soul.”

Your Roots and Frustrations:

“Take in painful history frustrations and influences and look at who you are – get in touch with your soul roots and past experiences.” 

What the Heart Wants:

“What does my heart want? What is it’s greatest desire?”


“Stories with emotions help heal and move your heart.”


“There is much opportunity in failure.”

Be Bold:

“It’s not about money- be bold and follow your guide ignoring criticism and permission or prejudice of others.”

About the Author: Thomas Moore is the author of Care of the Soul, that spent forty-six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He’s also written fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating the soul in every aspect of life. His work journey has encompassed being a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and ecology. He also writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor Joan Hanley. 

Where I Would Recommend to Get Your Copy of –
A Life At Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do 

More Books Totally Worth Checking Out by Thomas Moore

Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Dark Nights of The Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals

Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationships

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