...not being around.
But (thanks to Google ads, which rock my socks on a regular basis) I discovered this nifty, thought-provoking article by a fellow gardener, George Ball, Chairman of Burpee Co. (one of the gardening catalogs that I devour.) This is taken from the Philadelphia Inquirer (my birth town, btw) and is very worthwhile to read.( A celebration of drudgery )
Amen. I wholeheartedly agree. The "sweet spot of drudgery..." I LOVE that!
I'll take it one step further; you either glorify your work and yourself with your good attitude or you poison it and yourself with a bad attitude. The choice is up to you.
When I think kindly or lovingly about the individual for whom I'm doing something, I firmly believe that it imbues that object with virtue, good-will, magick...whatever you want to call it, whether that be sewing, cooking, gardening, bookwork, car mechanics or even, dare I say it, sex.
The effect is further magnified because when I'm thinking positively or happily about whatever I'm working at, it's good for me too. I mean this literally; mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically. I think I can change myself at the cellular level by using positive energy on a daily basis. Change your mind and you can change the world. If you read "the Secret" or any other work about the power of positive thinking, it simply makes sense that whatever energy you use in your tasks is magnified. YOU get to choose whether that energy, times one or three or whatever, is positive and helpful and energizing and nourishing or whether it is negative, unhappy, sour and unhealthy.
I believe that it is impossible to separate out your energy from your work. We experience feelings all the time; we CHOOSE our feelings all the time, if we're adult and choose to behave as adults. Whatever emotions we choose to invest in our work and our relationships, even (especially!) ourselves, we build our world to resemble.
If we give good value in our work, no matter how mundane or drudgery-seeming, we get more than good value back.
Your choice, your work, your life.
And mine too...this is as much to remind myself of these principles as it is to preach to anyone else.
I have another one of these on forgiveness but that's for another time really soon. It's been percolating for a couple years now, oh more than that, really.