"Kinship [community, belonging, acceptance, inclusion] is the game changer. It is the Pearl of Great Price. It is the treasure buried in the field. Let's sell everything to get it. Yet we think kinship is beyond our reach . . . Yet Gospel Kinship always exposes the game, jostles the status quo in constant need of conversion, because the status quo is only interested in incessant judging, comparisons, measuring, scapegoating, and competition . . . Living the gospel, then, is less about 'thinking outside the box' than about choosing to live in this ever-widening circle of inclusion."
Poet David Whyte's book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America explores how to bring more soul to work. In the preface, he writes: "There are energies and powers in the world that are greater than any human endeavor, even the mighty corporate world that we hold in so much esteem. Despite everything that our inheritance may tell us, work is not and never has been the very center of the human universe; and the universe, with marvelous compassion, seems willing to take endless pains to remind us of the that fact. Once our basic necessities are taken care of, there are more immediate urgencies central to human experience, and it is these urgencies that are continually breaking through our fondest hopes for an ordered work life. The split between what is nourishing at work and what is agonizing is the very chasm from which our personal destiny emerges. Accepting this chasm, we can begin to deal, one step at a time, with the continually hidden, underground forces that shape our lives, often against our will."