work - work
If people knew how hard I have to
work to gain
mastery, it would
not seem wonderful at all.
What you need to do is think of work as
"vocation." This word may seem
tone, but it has a wisdom within it. It comes from the Latin
which comes from the word for voice. In
those meanings it touches
on what work really
should be. It
should be something that calls to you as
something you want to do,
should be something that gives voice to who
you are and
what you want to say to the world.
Work is effort
applied toward some end. The most satisfying work
involves directing our efforts toward achieving ends that we
endorse as worthy expressions of our talent and character.
William J. Bennett
A man who visited a Quaker sanitarium in 1774 was
shocked to see that the patients
who were mentally ill were busy spinning flax. He thought
these poor unfortunates
were being exploited--until the Quakers explained that they found
that their patients
actually improved when they did a little work. It was
soothing to the nerves.
gave us work, not to burden us, but to bless us, and useful work,
willingly, cheerfully, effectively done, has always been the
expression of the human spirit.
Walter R. Courtenay
Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I
|The things, good Lord, that we pray for,
the grace to labor for.
Blessed are they who have found their work.
Let them ask no other blessedness.
All work is empty save where there is love.
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Manual labor to my father was not only good and
decent for its own sake but,
as he was given to saying, "it
straightened out one's thoughts"--a contention which
since proved on many occasions: indeed, the best antidote I
know to a
confused head or to tangled emotions is to work with
one's hands. To scrub a floor
has alleviated many a broken
heart, and to wash and iron one's clothes has
brought order and
clarity to many a perplexed and anxious mind.
Mary Ellen Chase
St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing
his garden when
what he would do if he were
suddenly to learn that
die before sunset that very day.
finish hoeing my garden,"
Even at the venerable age of eighty, Master Hyakujo
worked alongside his students
on the monastery grounds. He
gardened, pruned trees, and cleaned up just as the
did. They dared not ask him to stop, so the students, not
to see their old master work so hard, hid his tools.
That day the master did not eat. He did not eat
the next day, nor the one after. The
"Perhaps the master is angry at missing his tools, and so the
students returned them to their proper place.
That day the master worked and ate his food as
always. In the evening, he gave a
"No work, no food."
Traditional Zen Buddhist story
|God give me work
Till my life shall end
Till my work is done.
Epitaph on an old English tombstone
we sometimes curse it--is a blessing. Work, the
work that is a real expression of the spirit, focuses our energy
allows us to be whole. Maybe our real work isn't our job;
we feel whole when we're carpentering or cooking or writing, and
we think of these as "hobbies" or "just stuff I
do." If we could bring
to our jobs the concentration and pride with which we turn a chair
leg or roll up sticky buns, we would exalt our working days.
jobs we do, the work for which we're paid, are deeply important to
most of us. When we find work we can love, and do it as well
as we're able, we've earned a victory in life.
Promise of a New Day
The only thing that separates successful people
ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.
Helen Gurley Brown
|There are four stenographers in my office
and each of us is assigned to take letters from several
men. Once in a while we get jammed up in these
assignments. One day, when an assistant department
head insisted that I do a long letter over, I started to
rebel. I tried to point out to him that the letter
could be corrected without being retyped--and he retorted
that if I didn't do it over, he would find someone else
who would! I was absolutely fuming! But as I
started to retype this letter, it suddenly occurred to me
that there were a lot of other people who would jump at
the chance to do the work I was doing. Also, that I
was being paid a salary to do just that work. I
began to feel better. I suddenly made up my mind to
do my work as if I actually enjoyed it--even though I
despised it. Then I made this important
discovery: If I do my work as if I really
enjoy it, then I do enjoy it to some extent. I also
found I can work faster when I enjoy my work. So
there is seldom any need now for me to work
overtime. This new attitude of mine gained me the
reputation of being a good worker. And when one of
the department superintendents needed a private secretary,
he asked for me for the job--because, he said, I was
willing to do the extra work without being sulky!
This matter of the power of a changed mental attitude has
been a tremendously important discovery to me. It
has worked wonders!
Vallie G. Golden
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|There is a perennial nobleness, and even
sacredness, in work. Were a person
ever so benighted, or
forgetful of his or her high calling, there is always hope
person who actually and earnestly works, in idleness alone is
perpetual despair. Consider how, even in the meanest
sort of labor, the whole
soul of a person is composed into real
harmony. One bends oneself with free
valor against the task;
and doubt, desire, sorrow, remorse, indignation, despair
shrink murmuring, far off into their caves. The glow of
labor in a person
is a purifying fire, wherein all poison is burnt
up; and of smoke itself
there is made a bright and blessed flame.
do not like work--no person does--but I like what is in work--the
to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself, not for
others--what no other person can ever know.
The secret of joy in work
is contained in one word--excellence.
To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck
a physician, I have had the happiness of seeing work cure many
who have suffered from trembling palsy of the soul which results
overmastering doubts, hesitations, vacillation and fear. . . .
Courage given us
by our work is like the self-reliance which Emerson has made
Richard C. Cabot
is work something we have the right to escape? And can we
with impunity? We are probably the first entire people ever
to think so. All
the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels
otherwise. It tells us
that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as
good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest
work is our curse and our doom. We have tried to escape the
sweat and sorrow
promised us in Genesis--only to find that, in order to do so,
we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.
is life. Not having something to do with one's life,
important or unique to your talents or
you put it, is a bigger killer than cancer.
your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work
on the high level that you say you do, there's no way around
doing the work it takes to get you there.
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Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the
world that work is necessary,
and he gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of
would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work
that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of
thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.
Discipline: The Glad Surrender
not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face
the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even
achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what
you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and
more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the
rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle
less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people.
In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship
that saves everything.
has to include our deepest values and passions and
feelings and commitments, or it's not work. It's just a job.
is a big difference between service and working for the sake of
getting something. When you serve, you are not tied to the
You are not invested in what people do as a result of what you do,
what people think about what you are doing. You give what
because it makes you feel good. You give what you
have because you
know that the unique way in which you do what you do will make
else feel good. In situations when your service is not
monetary or public recognition, you are not depleted or defeated.
You are encouraged to take your service to a higher level.
You are inspired to pour more love into your work.
do good work if you take your mind off the work
to see how the community is taking it.
Dorothy L. Sayers
culture that sometimes equates work with suffering, it is
revolutionary to suggest that the best inward sign of vocation
is deep gladness--revolutionary but true. If a work is mine
do, it will make me glad over the long haul, despite the difficult
days. Even the difficult days will ultimately gladden me,
they pose the kinds of problems that can help me grow
in a work if it is truly mine.
Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Teach
time, a truck driver pulled his truck to the side of the road
and said, "I heard you say over television something about
endless energy and I just wanted to tell you I had it one time.
I was marooned in a town by a flood. I got so bored that I finally
offered to help and I got interested in getting people out. I
without eating, I worked without sleeping, and I wasn't
don't have it anymore." I said, "Well, what are you
working for now?"
"Money," he said. I said, "That should be quite
incidental. You have
the endless energy only when you are working for the good of the
whole--you have to stop working for your little selfish
That's the secret of it. In this world you are given as you give!
you love the work you do, you are going to put all of yourself
into it, giving freely of energy and of your talents. When
of yourself, when you work for the joy of achievement, when you
share your bounty with others, the gift of appreciation, tangible
or intangible, becomes a part of your daily life. Tangible
appreciation could be a monetary return or a gift from someone
for work accomplished. Intangible appreciation could be
gratitude from others for what you have done and a good
reputation. On the other hand, if you're working for the pay
check, willing to do only what you believe you're getting paid
to do and no more, chances are you'll grow to despise your job.
Worldwide Laws of Life
work - work
heard the phrase "Work hard, play hard." But I
teams "Work hard, play hard. Don't get the two confused
quickly from one to the other." The difference is
subtle, but I
believe it's crucial for success.
I think the biggest mistake people make is they waste time
by mixing work and play. Impatience causes all of us to want
want to find
an immediate conclusion instead of inching our way towards
This often leads us to wish we were playing when we're working,
the flipside, worrying about work when we're playing. In
this way, we fail
to get the most out of or enjoy either of them.
Heart of the Team
be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.
time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do
jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Work silently. . . . Work
is worship. When there is joy in the work itself,
why do you want the fruit of it? Make work itself
worship. That is possible
only when you surrender to God and allow him to work through you.
It means absence of ego-sense.
|Every job is a
self-portrait of the person who did it.
Autograph your work with excellence.
grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people:
those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told
to try to be in the first group. There is much less
No ray of
sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into
existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted
to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth
anything is done in faith.