I recently came across a poem by Kahlil Gibran, about what Work at its best actually is. Here is an excerpt:
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy,
even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
This reinforces my belief that work at its best is about connection, engagement and commitment.