Does doing your daily work feel like an “intellectual lobotomy?” Of course an actual lobotomy is that antiquated psychosurgery in which healthy brain tissue was intentionally mutilated or removed for the purpose of behavior control. The goal was “to eradicate the behavior which others found undesirable.”
Last week Supreme Court Justice David Souter said he undergoes a “sort of annual intellectual lobotomy” when the Supreme Court term begins in October, a condition that he said lasts until the end of the term the following summer. Wow – that’s pretty grim. And this guy’s not just standing on an assembly line making widgets.
Is your work intellectually stimulating – bringing out the very best you have to offer in creativity, passion and excellence? Or is it brain deadening – requiring that you not think too much or suggest any kind of modification or improvement? Are you growing as a result of doing your work, or are you shrinking intellectually?
I recognize that “work” is just one component of a meaningful life but I think it’s too high a price to pay if your only compensation is a paycheck.
Make sure you are:
- Reading and expanding your knowledge
- Paying attention to your dreams
- Exploring new areas of interest
- Remembering to play
- Having times of doing nothing
- Taking care of yourself
- Making a difference in the lives of others
These can be woven in and out of work. I doubt anyone ever asked for a lobotomy – it was forced on them by people who claimed to know what was best for that person. Be very careful of allowing yourself to be put in that position. Don’t volunteer for an “intellectual lobotomy.” Put yourself in environments of intellectual stimulation and growth. You will embrace your God-given gifts and the world will be a better place as a result of you having been here.