Hafiz 1

A repost from a few years ago:

We just can’t afford to be bored in our life’s work. It’s terrible to go to a job every day that we don’t enjoy. We must find a way to make it fun. We just must. We don’t have a choice. For me, twenty years ago, it was like, “Either this comprehensible input stuff is going to work for me, or I’m out.”

There is a poem by the great Persian poet Hafiz (14th c.) that made me think about the importance of enjoying our work. The translation is from my friend Danny Ladinksy in a collection called The Gift (Penguin Compass, 1999). Here is the poem:





On the Tavern wall

A hard decree for all of love’s inmates

Which read:

If your heart cannot find a joyful work

The jaws of this world 

Will probably

Grab hold of your





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