Friday, April 18, 2014

#AtoZChallenge - Productivity and Proverbs 31

Productive - being able to produce, generate and/or create an item or service

19.  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

I have to admit that I could not have told you what a distaff was, so I looked up the definition.  (It is what the 'raw' fibers are attached to when spinning threads for weaving, knitting, etc.)

We all can be productive in whatever work we are given to do.  I know a young-ish man with profound autism.  Unless he was eating, bathing or being taken somewhere, he would sit in the same chair in the same corner of the living room all the time.  Then someone taught him how to feed papers into a shredder.  He fed those papers into the machine like it was the most important thing on the planet, and even learned to change out the bag.  Important, valuable work?  Well, we may not think so.  For the most part, I believe people are driven to create, to be useful, to feel needed.  But this man's work ethic would put many of us arguably more 'capable' folks to shame.

25.  Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Strength is the capacity to do our work, whatever it may be.  Honor is the invisible force compelling us to move from being able to do something to actually doing it.  If we are working on a project, and do not have a needed skill we can either: go out and learn it ourselves, or ally with someone who does have that ability.  If we need help to finish, it is better to ask for that help than to stew and leave the job incomplete.  It doesn't matter what our calling is, when we work it to the best of our ability, and complete it, we can look back with satisfaction on a job well done.  

Today is "toot your own horn day"!  Tell us of an experience where you were productive in an endeavor (professional, creative, family-oriented, etc.)  Have a great day!


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  1. asked. I finally put a book out, self/co-published. Some of the work inside is over 20 years old, but managed to pass the test of time. I have a plan to move forward from this book and am working on it now!

    1. You GO, boy! (And hey, my favorite writer is Shakespeare, and his stuff is even older than THAT!) Congratulations on the recent publishing of "And Then I Smiled"!

  2. I try to be productive on a constant basis since if I don't work, I don't get paid. I subbed a book this week :)

  3. hey there. i'll take whatever kinds of readers i can get. plus it's the weekend... and i understand tired.

    also, if that line required reading three times, maybe it's my fault for not clarifying it from the getgo?

  4. I believe, when I am blogging and when I shut down all social media, I am at my productive best, I write faster and better. Facebook and Twitter can be pretty distracting for me! :P