Graham🐝 Edwards

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There is a reason why they call it work...

work [wərk] NOUN: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

The past couple of weeks have had me a "little" busy (as well as a little sick), and during all of it I was reminded about the definition of work — that sometimes it isn't much fun (although I suppose by definition that's what makes it work and not fun). I will say I'm a big advocate of finding something that you love to do so it doesn't feel like work, but in the end it is work and it'll feel very much like it sometimes.

My reminder came in the form of 41,000 rows on an excel spreadsheet which required a yes or no decision to be made for each row. Without getting into the detail, I saw no other way of approaching it other than line by line — if there is another way or some AI trick that would've made it easier I'm still a little raw to hear about it quite yet.

There is no intention to debate what work is or what work holds the gold, silver and bronze medals for being the most difficult — although for the sake of getting to the point let's just define work as something that involves mental or physical effort, and my excel spreadsheet leans more towards the mental type of effort (although I was sitting a lot and we all know that's really bad for you). On a more pithy note, I'd say work is the period of time between when you want to stop whatever you are doing and when it's accomplished — and the longer that period of time, the harder the work becomes.

You get tired (physically or mentally), your concentration fails as your mind wanders, and your "will to finish" waivers — all of this influencing how long it takes to accomplish what you need to accomplish (which in turn makes you all the more tired). It becomes a vicious circle that requires even more energy to fight through something that seems to have no end in sight. In this dynamic, work is ultimately resolved in a very binary way — you either accomplish what you set out to accomplish, or you quit. 

            It does become that simple — Accomplish or Quit.

There is no real accomplishment that comes without work and sometimes it comes down to four simple words,

"I will not quit"


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Graham🐝 Edwards

3 years ago #10

Yes Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier ... I still have a headache... lol

Graham🐝 Edwards

3 years ago #9

Thanks for the comment Royce Shook

Graham🐝 Edwards

3 years ago #8

You have a way with words Jerry Fletcher... for me it's more the word "livid"... lol. The best word I ever heard used in this context is "fussy"... particularly when it came out of the mouth of a senior executive.

Graham🐝 Edwards

3 years ago #7

Thanks for the comments Ken Boddie... regarding the picture, I now get my pictures from Pixabay or from my own lacklustre photography skills — in this particular place I was looking for a photo and image of what is truly something that is physically demanding work; something that couldn't be debated. I came across this relief of men digging a tunnel and I just found it so visually captivating. Sorry, not a great story but definitely a great pic.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

3 years ago #6

Ken Boddie you make me laugh!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

3 years ago #5

Yup. I agree and just thinking of the tedium of looking through and Excel spreadsheet...41,000 rows? Ugh! God love you. You must be a saint! LOL

Royce Shook

3 years ago #4

Graham, I like the way you tie work and accomplishment and I like this idea "I'd say work is the period of time between when you want to stop whatever you are doing and when it's accomplished". This statement can be said to be true, for those of us who have found our passion and believe we will never work. There are times when you want to stop, but you cannot until you accomplish what it is you set out to finish. Good points

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #3

And sometimes work makes us a little testy. I feel for you my friend.

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #2

I forgot to ask you, Graham, about that fascinating title image. Perhaps you would elaborate?

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #1

I am absolutely fascinated by work, Graham. The more physical and strenuous the better. I could watch others doing it all day. 🤣

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