Making Molehills Out of Mountains; Loving the Work You Have to Do

May 8, 2010

It’s important to know that words don’t move mountains. Work, exacting work, moves mountains.
• Danilo Dolci

Sometimes you need to know when to stop procrastinating and get to work. Today is one of those days. May is almost a quarter past and it seems as though it’s just begun. Summer rushes on and the things that seemed so far away are suddenly Imminent.

Vocabulary note: Do you ever get eminent and imminent confused? I do. Imminent means looming, about happen, and so forth, while eminent means well-known, famous, etc., etc., etc. I suspect that one does not become eminent by ignoring the imminent tasks that one needs to accomplish and thus, although eminence is not my goal, I am ever the good girl, so today, fewer words and more work.

The mountain soon to be molehillized

Here’s what awaits me, the task of preparing for summer teaching, and I would not look forward to tackling it unless I thought that it might make a difference, inspire even one person, bring a smile to someone’s face. The author Pearl S. Buck’s words inspire me since I imagine that she too must have had a goodgirlish spirit when it comes to work. She said of her writing, “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” My mind knows this today.

What work to you need to get down to?

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
• Francoise de Motteville

What we do matters to us. Work may not be the most important thing in our lives or the only thing. We may work because we must, but we still want to love, to feel pride in, to respect ourselves for what we do and to make a difference.
• Sara Ann Friedman


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