Carrying mountains sounds like quite a task!
What are tasks?
Are they unwanted work?
Ask yourself, are all tasks unwanted?
Do we sometimes make tasks out of what could be a pleasant job?
Are some “tasks” welcomed activities?
What makes the difference?
What are tasks?
As I ponder the questions above, I realize my bias! Yes, I think “tasks” are unwanted work. Jobs like cleaning toilets, balancing my checkbook, and weeding are not pleasant activities for me.
For some folks those activities might be joyful, or at least more pleasant than other chores. My mother-in-law used to love being out in her garden on her hands and knees weeding. She had a faulty heart valve replaced with a pig valve. She said that’s why she loved to “root” in her garden. She didn’t need to put it on her To-Do List. She did it as a hobby!
I think I DO make a task out of somethings that could be pleasant. Seldom do I put on my “To-Do List” jobs like “Clean my office” or “Take the garbage to the dump.” Unattended tasks fester and mildew and become the Mountains we Carry instead of just climbing them!
I make the task of doing the dinner dishes more difficult when I procrastinate and put it off after dinner. I think, “I’m too tired right now. I’ll do them in the morning.” If I had gone to the sink to do them right away, my husband might have joined me and as he washed and I dried, we might have had a very pleasant conversation and they would have been done in half the time it took me to do them the next morning after the food had crusted on the pots and pans! How can I make doing the dishes a hobby? Cooking is!
What makes the difference
between a task (work/job) and a pleasant activity?
As the title of this post suggests, a key difference between a task being work or that same task being a pleasant activity is the insertion of LOVE!
In Music of Silence, Benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast and Shannon Lebell wrote,
“As long as we do work out of love for those whom we love, we do it for a good reason. Love is the best reason for our labors. Love makes what we do … rise like music…”
What are some of your tasks?
Can you make them rise like music?
Is writing a task for you?
Is your writing
done with love
or is it an activity
you feel compelled to do
on some sort of routine for
some unknown reason?
When Writing is a Chore
Most bloggers love to write, or we would not have a blog! Right? So it’s usually not a chore… not a task… not something we dread. If it were, then we’d know it is time to take a break! Let it go for awhile. Build up our inner enthusiasm!
Writing is easy for me most days. It flows like that river of melting snow that flooded our basement this week. During those few times when I feel blocked, I just set it aside, go for a walk, or I read other bloggers. Sometimes I go up to my Angel Room, pray and read a few devotionals, or I go to the kitchen and cook up something inspiring. I imagine myself having a conversation with the part of me that’s blocked.
“Tell me – what do you need?”
I listen for a response – and discover the places in me that need to be released. I find ways to insert the love that’s needed in order to express myself more clearly. I try to adopt a child-like level of enthusiasm for the ability to express my thoughts on paper or at the computer.
Bring in the Love and Delight
How might you bring
more love and delight
to all the tasks you are called to do?
How might your perspective change
if you realized the world
NEEDS what you have to offer?
It does, you know!
So set aside those mountains you’re carrying.
Climb them instead!
Bring LOVE to your tasks
and make them “welcomed activities.”
See you tomorrow.