Doing the Real Work



I GOT BACK TO WORK on the ebook
that stalled out and
has been waiting for a missing part to arrive.

I think it came in last week or the week before,
but I have the unfortunate habit
of letting things sit unopened

because if I take a peek
it’s on me to take the next step
and I’m not ready to open the file again.

Truth is, I lost my oomph
and have been looking everywhere for it,
except in the direction of the missing piece.

The middle is hard; it’s where a lot of people stop. – Ann Kroeker

At church
we’re coming up on the last of a 5-parter
about Nehemiah
and how work gets done

not impulsively but with planning
not disorderly but methodically,
in his story

each assigned a section
closest to home.
We are not where we are by accident.

The view out of our window
has been given as a gift.
There, right there, is the place to

take our tools each day
and apply them
for the season we are there.

So much time is wasted
wishing we were working
on someone’s else’s assigned section

while ours lays waiting
for us to bring our tools
and dive in.

Nothing good gets started without getting to work. And nothing great gets finished without staying at the work.- Ann Voskamp

If you’re stuck in the thinking stage, Where to Start
Stuck in the Middle by Ann Kroeker
The Secret to a Genuinely Productive Work Weeks by Ann Voskamp
Book of Nehemiah

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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