Take Your Heart to Work

by Starla J. King on August 4, 2011

in every office
you hear the threads
of love and joy and fear and guilt,
the cries for celebration and reassurance,
and somehow you know that connecting those threads
is what you are supposed to do
and business takes care of itself.”

– David Whyte from The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

Our hearts don’t ask to be left at home when we go to the office. 

Somewhere along the way, we started believing that our hearts don’t belong at or in our work.  Each morning on the way out the door, we grab our car keys, brains, and go-cup of coffee… and toss our hearts onto the kitchen counter. 

Then at the end of the work day, we bring our sore brain and tired body home, toss the car keys on the counter, and spend the evening trying to revive the dried out heart we left out on the counter all day.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We can instead decide that every day is “Take Your Heart to Work Day.”  We can engage with our co-workers and our clients on a level that facilitates greater collaboration, greater sharing of wisdom, and greater acknowledgement of each others’ talents. 

When we bring our hearts to work, we become co-creators instead of co-workers.

We give our soul a chance to dance with our intellect and accomplish far more than with our brains alone.

And we give our hearts a chance to stay ready, open, and willing to connect not just with others, but with ourselves.

Our hearts are powerful business tools — let’s be brave enough to bring them to our work. Every day.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Green August 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Extremely powerful!


Starla J. King August 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Amen, Mary! 🙂


Rebecca P. Cohen August 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

Yes!…Think of how better we would feel. I’m sure in that risk would be reassurance that bringing our hearts to work is exactly what the world needs from each of us. Thank you for this post.


Starla J. King August 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Rebecca, thanks for brining up the “feeling” part of this. YES, that heart engagement FEELS good too… and serves the world.


NJD August 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey Starla,
Well how perfect is this… of course, double dah.
You describe here exactly what we did today:)
Nancy Jo


Starla J. King August 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Nancy Jo 🙂 … omg, we did, didn’t we?! Thank you for bringing my own post full circle for me. LOVE that magic.


Stacey May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Love this, Starla! So, so true!



Starla J. King May 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

love that we’re “on the same page” (so to speak), Stacey!


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