What it really means to "take your heart to work" every day

Madame Meryl on the NYC subway in 1981

Madame Meryl on the NYC subway in 1981

Bless Meryl Streep for that awesome Golden Globes speech last night. One of my favorite Meryl quotes of all time is from a commencement address she gave back in 1983. (Thanks to my friend Julie for reminding me of it.) If my math is right, Meryl was about six months pregnant with her daughter Mamie at the time. Here's the quote:

"Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too."

How great is that? And how inspiring to any new mom in her Fifth Trimester. 

Truth is, going back to work, you may feel like you're leaving your heart behind, swaddled up in some sweet blanket, smelling like baby shampoo...and being held by someone who isn't you. Not so. Whatever compassion, whatever purpose becoming a mother has given you, you'd better believe you're bringing that to the office right alongside your laptop and your breastpump. Thanks to Meryl for putting into words why that's a great thing -- for yourself, for your colleagues, and for the world.