the privilege to work.


{early morning coffee}

the end of summer is always bittersweet. especially after a particularly merry one full of adventure and guilt-free idleness.

people always ask me if it’s hard to go back to school. isn’t it hard for anyone to get back to work after a vacation, no matter how long? i spend the week before school starts acclimating myself to early mornings again, and much of the week is spent planning lessons and cleaning my classroom, readying it for the eager and happy (ha!) teens whom will arrive soon.

in extra preparation, i make a conscious effort to count my blessings, even when it comes to work. i am grateful to have a job in these troubling economic times, but it’s much more than that. in the last issue of seeing the everyday, writer carol soelberg reflected on her mother’s lessons about work: “written in mother’s unique handwriting for all to see on a simple piece of poster board were the words: ‘the privilege to work is a gift. the power to work is a blessing. the love of work is a success.'” the work i do is important. if i can instill even a fraction of the love i have for literature then my work is satisfying. some novels are more challenging than others. this year i’m devoting myself to those texts, to make them interesting and accessible for our modern world.

the work we do isn’t limited to the work that sustains us financially. i once read about the shaker philosophy of loving every aspect of everyday work, the most mundane tasks that we take for granted, the dish-washing, grocery shopping, food preparing, cleaning the house tasks that we all too often put off or say that we “hate”. i’m making an effort to be present in all those moments, and reminding myself that i do these things because i love my family and want to make their lives beautiful. i want j to love his work as i do, and common sense dictates that if he sees that i enjoy and find important all work then he will too.

here’s to working!

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