A. Catherine Noon here, wishing you a continuing Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of Monday being the traditional start of the work week, I thought I’d talk a bit about elevating our work. I came across a very simple saying or prayer in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s groundbreaking book, Simple Abundance:
A powerful set of blessings that I learned from the teachings of Stella Terrill Mann, a Unity minister who wrote during the 1940s, encourages us to greet the morning with the affirmation “Blessed be the morn for me and mine.” At noon declare, “Blessed be the day for me and mine,” and in the evening, invoke this prayer: “Blessed be the night for me and mine.” As you go about your work at home or in the office, affirm, “My work is a prayer for good for me and mine.”
Think about that for a second: “My work is a prayer for good for me and mine.” Even if we absolutely hate our job, and couldn’t bear to be excited about the wretched place, it is giving us something we need – after all, if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t go. (Be honest: if you magically won the lottery, would you go to work the next day? the next month? the rest of your life?) Why are we heaping so much negativity on our jobs then? I even started saying it when I’m doing laundry, that Sisyphean task that seems to multiply, in the basket, in the time it takes you to turn on the washer and then turn back to load the clothing in it. A friend of mine has four sons (!) and a husband; another has six kids (!!) and assorted grandkids, a husband, and a dog. (I’m not sure what the dog has to do with the laundry, but her ability to multi-task awes me so I’m including it anyway. Maybe she washes the dog in the laundry?) I realized that I really don’t have it that bad, since I just have to worry about me and my husband. Our adult son does his own laundry, thank the powers. But do you have any idea how much laundry two people generate?
On the other hand, at least I have clean underwear when I’m dashing around the house in the morning on the way to work, yeah?
Next time you’re tempted to say something along the lines of blank-blank, I have to go to work again, why not try saying thanks instead?
And if you find those extra socks I’m missing, send ’em back over here, will ya?
What about you, Dear Reader? What are some of your treasured affirmations?
– E.E. Cummings
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