Spirituality in workplace LO20445

J.C. Lelie (janlelie@wxs.nl)
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 23:15:25 -0800

Replying to LO20368 --

Hi Tricia,

> I am new to the LO listserve and am enjoying reading what people write. I
> am an ex-engineer who got into Organisational Development almost by chance
> and love it!

I am a physicist who got into developing organisational change, and change
one letter from change and you've got chance. I love your phrasing "almost
by chance", because in this way chance remains ambigious. I suspect that
it is the ambigious nature of chance that, the paradox of the existence
and non-existence of chance, depending on your world-view, that generates,
creates, powers or develops change.

I agree with:

> I think Spirituality has to do with the thread that runs through your
> entire life and gives you a reason to live. Many of us do not have the
> time to examine this thread, to ensure that we are staying on its 'path'.
> This leads to lack of alignment and balance and can lead so far that we
> become ill. We all have a purpose, a reason to live, something to
> contribute that is unique to us.

And want to add that i think that we are also able to create this 'path'.
We are, so to speak, not only in control of our destiny but also able to
create it. It connects to Personal Mastery, as in creating the Path of
Least Resistance (Robert Fritz). It is also related to creating Shared
Visions, creating meaning.

> Spirituality in the workplace part is checking that we stay near to that
> and don't do things which are alien to our principles.

Here i have a problem. For some time now i'm working on a project which is
alien to my principles. With all the signs of loss of creativity,
spontanity, motivation. And yet, i do not quit. Somehow working against my
principles is teaching something about my spirituality.

> I do not mean anything religious here
> (although it may be, that depends on each person), I mean something which
> you deeply believe in.

Religion, i once read, is derived from the Latin to choose. In that
respect it is a personal choice and a personal believe.

Kind regards,

Jan Lelie

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