Getting Back To Reality

"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work."Chuck Close


Bye-bye weekend.

So long spring break.

Adios downtime.

Hello Monday!!

As much as I hate saying farewell to an extended time of play, I'm excited about what today brings: work.

Yes!  Work is a good thing.

While "good things" aren't necessarily synonymous with fun, work not only provides a structure to our days, it allows us to contribute to our community. Work gives us the ability to see links between effort and results, between dedication and impact.

Vacations are refreshing, but they can easily become self-consuming, where we expect others to cater to our needs. If you're like me, escaping the "me first" trap happens when the reality of laundry and a demanding alarm clock come into the picture.

Just as vacations are healthy, so is mundane reality. Chuck Swindoll once wrote, "I’ve learned that days of maintenance are far more in number than days of magnificence. Over half of any job is just showing up. Staying faithful pays great dividends."

And so today, a non-vacation, non-weekend, non-anything-particularly-special day is still a  day to make a difference, to encourage someone, to do excellent work.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait!