“I know what happiness is, for I have done good work.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Work can be a balm for a troubled mind. When things seem to be flying apart in other parts of a person’s life, the regularity and predictability of work can anchor a person. It would seem a cruel twist of fate if just when an individual’s personal life implodes, their work life becomes unstable. Cruel, yes. And, fun.
In How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, Lara Blaine escapes into her work as a commodities analyst specializing in mineral markets to forget the cancer growing in her body and the abuse in her past. Just when she most needs the regularity of her reports and research, her boss alerts Human Resources that she is acting strangely. Lara can no longer rely on hiding from the world in a cubicle.
Have you ever found solace in the the regularity of work? Did it carry you through a difficult time?