The stirrings for good work often come in quiet, subtle ways. Perhaps in a feeling of dissatisfaction or disappointment. Or a deep longing for something more, for something beyond the routines that may have served us well in the past but no longer satisfy. We are intentional, purposeful beings, aiming for something beyond ourselves that fulfils our dreams and aspirations and gives meaning to our lives. Often the goals that occupy our waking hours are set by others and although we may be rewarded (financially or in other ways) they leave us feeling empty. The ends towards which the social and cultural environment channels our desires and seeks to satisfy our longing, leave us hungry for more. The GoodWork programme nurtures this yearning for more and explores its source in the desire to know and be known, to love and be loved.
Intentional living can be thought of as a way of being in the world that finds fulfilment in seeking what is beyond ourselves. It lies in deepening the physical and social relationships around us and finding in them the inspiration for good work. Is it enough to think with intention, to plan and then implement our plans? What if we allow ourselves to feel our way in the world, to live and work with care and compassion? Rather than leading with our heads alone, what might happen if we also embrace the intentions of our heart and hands, so that our whole lives are oriented towards a fresh vision of what it means to be human? A vision of human flourishing that will include what good relationships look and feel like, how we can live in harmony with nature, what a just economy might look like, and what counts as good work.