finding a life

November 18th, 2018

You must refuse to accept the common delusion that a career is an adequate context for a life. The logic of success insinuates that self-enlargement is your only responsibility, and that any job, any career will be satisfying if you succeed in it. But I can tell you, on the authority of much evidence, that a lot of people highly successful by that logic are painfully dissatisfied. I can tell you further that you cannot live in a career, and that satisfaction can come only from your life. To give satisfaction, your life will have to be lived in a family, a neighborhood, a community, an ecosystem, a watershed, a place, meeting your responsibilities to all those things to which you belong. — Wendell Berry

This week, should you travel far or close, join the table as a guest or host, may you find your life in all those things to which you belong. And in a quiet hour, perhaps you’ll listen to this. I am grateful to have something to share with you. Thank you for fulfilling my life.

Karen Maezen Miller: Finding a Life podcast


  1. That was beautiful, thank you.
    Through circumstance my career has been sidetracked, at times it makes me feel very silly/ stupid. So thank you for offering me a different perspective.
    PS I have been thinking of you every time I am reminded of the fires in California. I pray you and your loved ones are safe from harm.

    Comment by Simone — November 19, 2018 @ 2:56 am

  2. I loved hearing your voice and your wisdom. Thank you.

    Comment by Elizabeth Aquino — November 19, 2018 @ 11:12 pm

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