Pas­sion is not some­thing to out­source

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

THESE days, out­sourc­ing is a favoured con­cept and a much-vaunted prac­tice in the way we do busi­ness at all lev­els.

I re­mem­ber once sit­ting at a meet­ing wait­ing for the last of the par­tic­i­pants to ar­rive. He bus­tled in late, ex­plain­ing he had to change a wheel on the car be­fore he left home. The pa­tri­cian char­ac­ter chair­ing the meet­ing looked at the late­comer over his glasses and asked: “Do you not have a man to do that sort of thing?” As the prac­tice gains cur­rency, we are in dan­ger of out­sourc­ing all as­pects of our en­gage­ment with life, big and small, even our pas­sion. We could do well to lis­ten to the great Carl Jung, who said: “A man who has not passed through the in­ferno of his pas­sions has never over­come them.”

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