Drudgery

Read this inspiring poem by Patience Strong and be encouraged and inspired by her words. It may give you pause to think quite differently about your daily work.

How often do we see the day-to-day tasks we have to do as drudgery? Or, is it sad that there are thousands of people who have no tasks, work, or chores to do? That depends, I suppose, on the philosophy of the person answering the question.

To those who have seemingly meaningless work, tasks, or assignments, let it be said that no matter what one does, each person can devalue their work or can assign value to it. For those types of people who always find fault, or moan about what they are required to do, there may be no work or a career that can satisfy them. It wouldn't matter whether their work was at or near the top of the pecking order, they would continue to declare that there are many unpleasant or less than stellar tasks that must be performed. And, it is these very types of people who, when completing what they have labelled as insignificant, are the very ones that fail to complete any given assignment well, on time, or thoroughly. Why? Because they probably think that such jobs are beneath them and should be given to someone else less valuable.

On the other hand, and quite fortunate I might add, are those people who see any task, job or assignment as a gift. That is, they see work to be beneficial to do both for their employer and for their own self-esteem. That is to say that each person has an opportunity to value what God has given them recognizing that every person has a skill set, that every person is just as worthy before God as anyone else, and that all work, no matter how others may view its worth, is just as needed as a person who is a CEO, lawyer or architect. After all, if we were all lawyers, doctors, or professionals of one kind or another, who would agree, offer or volunteer to perform all those other mundane jobs that are required for a society to be able to function adequately and sufficiently?

As penned so eloquently by Patience Strong,
"If in their work they find - The need for kindly tolerance, for patience, joy and zest -", let all of us not only value what we do but complete our tasks with glee, with vigour and with diligence.

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Drudgery
by Patience Strong


I often think that drudgery is a blessing in disguise -
I'm sorry for the people with no tasks in life - no ties...

The folds who plod and spend their lives in work and daily grind -
They are true philosophers -
If in their work they find -
The need for kindly tolerance, for patience, joy and zest -
The highest qualities of man in humble things expressed...

And yet the drudge can also be an artist in his way -
The worker with his muscles and the man who writes all day -
The navy and the poet and the driver in the street - can know the pride in work well done -
For well-earned rest is sweet -
God meant us to be drudges so that in the daily grind -
We might express the finest things within the human mind....

Self-discipline and fortitude, love, humour, self-control -
To lay the strong foundations in the building of the Soul.

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