I … went to work again–work, the normal life of every human being; work, in which is joy and growth and service, without which one is a pauper and a parasite–ultimately recovering some measure of power.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, on why she wrote The Yellow Wall-paper, after a specialist had told her to refrain from intellectual life, “never to touch pen, brush, or pencil again,” — words which led her to near “mental ruin.” Indeed, it is heartening to remember that there is the possibility of power, joy, growth, and service in work.
About Walter Chen
Walter Chen is the co-founder and CEO of iDoneThis, the easiest way to run your daily standup. He’s a software engineer and ex-lawyer based in New York, New York. Email him at walter at idonethis dot com to chat.
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