Friday with Freda ~ Finding Inspiration in Hard Work

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity…Proverbs 21:5a

“You work your head off.”

This is a true Fredaism. She said this to me earlier this week as she watched me one early morning multi-task. Within 15 minutes I had checked e-mail, swept the kitchen floor, picked up the living room and took a pre-work phone call, all before 7 AM. This is just how I am wired.

It inspires me that she thinks I’m a hard worker. Even though some days I know I’m a total slacker compared to what she and her generation accomplished.

Usually Freda’s “You work your head off” is followed one of these:

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When Work Takes You Away From Home

This week rm2g work is taking me away from the kids, grandma and home.

It is a hard week to get on a plane and fly. My team at FLS will be missed. We have a son who has to take finals, a daughter who is wrapping up six years of elementary school and a grandma who does not like it when I am not home.

But we must go. We must go do this work, because it is a calling. So what is the the driving force for good when work takes you away from home? It is simple for me this week: there are stories in Oregon that must be told. Getting on the plane I am inspired by this quote:

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No Excuses

The workout room often provides me with thought provoking insight while the elliptical kicks my tail every morning. This week I was challenged by this:

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The Thaw. Thoughts on Grief

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts. ~George Eliot

This time of year I refer to as The Thaw. The season when winter is almost behind us, and spring is truly trying to make her debut.

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