Total Work Newsletter: How Work Took Over the World
Serial publication of the Total Work Manifesto: A Critique of the Idolatry of Work plus free monthly newsletter on Total Work. By Andrew Taggart
The following is the opening section of my friend Khe Hy’s probing personal essay “A (Broken) Playbook for Happiness”:
Let’s play a game together.
I want you to close your eyes and think back to your early 20s.
Bring into focus what you were doing. Where you were situated. What you were wearing. Whom you were hanging with. And the dreams and desires that consumed your intimate daily thoughts.
Now ask yourself the question:
Maybe it was a really nice watch, so that you could subtly flex your bonus to your college bros.
Or a serious relationship to get over that sting of being shunned in high school.
Or running a marathon – at a time, that would make others say, “Wow, what an athlete.”
Or maybe it was getting accepted to a prestigious MBA program – at a quaint, little school outside of Boston.
Alright, now that you’ve identified that achievement or item, ask yourself:
You can read the rest of the essay (about 3 min. long) here.
A Meditation Challenge For Serious Beginners
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