It may be hard to see, but every productive act we take in the outer world shapes us in the inner world.
A better way of saying this might be that we are not separate from what we do. We’re always being shaped by our actions, how we spend our time, what we pay attention to, who we speak with – and how, how we listen, what we make.
In a world obsessed with outer productivity we rarely spend much time considering what kind of person we’re becoming through how and what we’re producing.
Even if you have a narrow obsession with productivity this is important. Because, of course, the kind of person we each become profoundly shapes, in turn, what we end up producing in the world.