'All consciousness begins with an act of disobedience.'
- Carl Jung.
The Widget can inspire rebellion.
'My life is not just making Widgets'.
'I'm a people person not a Widget person.'
'My work is not reducible to a Widget.'
'I don't like the idea of a Widget.'
'It's not that simple.'
What is your life about then?
What does being a people person mean?
What is your work?
Why is it complicated?
Naming the Widget - the thing we serve eight hours a day, five days a week - may be confronting.
We awaken to how meaningful - or meaningless - our life is.
Or we confront that we don't know what it is that we doing with our hours.
Or we respond with the not the Widgets.
We declare: 'That's not what I do, not who I am, not what I stand for.'
'That's not what I've sacrificed my hours, my dreams, my relationships, my time with my children, my integrity, my soul for.'
The Widget is a reference point that can tell us were we are - or where we're not.
It can have as much or as little value or connection to reality for us as time, a clock, a compass, a map, our age, our name, our job description, our boss's feedback, or the money in our bank.
Our reaction to the concept of a Widget can teach us.
Even its rejection announces: We have a pulse!