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A recent experience on a temporary work project reminded me why work is so valuable, even apart from the money it earns. For one thing, and this is not to be facetious, one who goes off to work gets to come home at the end of the day. (More and more though seem to be working from home.) That can be a joyous occasion, the happier the homelife the more joyous it is. Another thing, work can keep us sharper mentally than we would otherwise be, since there are many details requring our attention. If the work is repetitious I play a game with myself sometimes that I call "Mundane Suspense' It involves asking myself how will this matter turn out and building anticipation: will it turn this way or will it turn that direction? And the answer is --------! What's more work teaches me to value my time, the break and lunch minutes become precious. I think of them like currency, like gold and silver coins selectively spent, whether it's reading, resting, or visiting with someone nearby. Similarly if we think of life as a kind of work and heaven as blessed rest (of which there are fortastes), every day we are here "on the job" is increasing the appreciation and delight of our eventual homecoming, and every minute of trial is inflating the value and enjoyments of the moments we will experience in heaven. Wow! There is a spiritual equity accumulating even now. So I have to disagree with a great teacher who scolded his audience once for their use of the expression TGIF (Thank God it's Friday) In that case Homer nodded because using that expression does not need to mean one is not grateful for one's work or that one does not enjoy it, which is what this teacher was implying. It might mean that, but it does not in many if not most cases. It so happens that the particular teacher (from whom I have learned much) was not in the tedious workaday workweek routine so it was easier for him to be critical of the TGIF exclamation. It had probably been many years since he had worn the 8 to 5 yoke or anything close to it. And that makes all the difference, the final advantage for me of regularly re-entering the workaday world is simply to taste from and not forget the taste of the cup from which so many have to drink. And when I have to I find ways to want to because, as has been wisely said,(though not all agree
) "Freedom is willed necessity.'
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