I Lost My Heart at Work
Somewhere in countless, windowless meeting rooms, we lost our hearts at work.
Hearts have gone missing. Trampled upon mistaken for roaches. Many seen fleeing office buildings away from the abundant fluorescent lighting. Hearts have grown weak from a lack of use; told they aren’t needed and to make room for the brains, hands, and feet.
Drained by bureaucracy, stifling policies, overdone processes and an abundant amount of thinking and doing, passion, joy, and optimism in work has been surgically removed from corporate culture.
While we run from meeting to meeting and scarf our lunch during another conference call, the heart in our work turns cold. Satisfaction is merely part of some song’s title. Creativity is scorned. Ideas are forgotten. Relationships grow weak. Communicating becomes annoying and time consuming.
But, hey, we’re getting things done. Right?
It’s just a job. No need to get worked up about it.
We go home and totally forget about work.
It doesn’t matter that we wish our day away
hoping it were Friday, or 5 o’clock,
or one more day before vacation.
I have no idea what all this talk about passion, joy, and optimism has to do with work. There is no heart in work. Right?
Art by Emiliano