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Things don't happen to you. They happen for you.
-- Tony Robbins


Friday, May 19, 2023

Plain old ordinary work

Life’s dramas are interesting, invigorating, instructive, and often consequential. But a good life is about more than drama.

The mundane, tedious parts of life matter, perhaps even more than the drama. Because it is in those circumstances that much of life’s important work gets done.

Keeping an electric generation plant maintained and running is not particularly dramatic. Yet it makes a major difference in the lives of thousands of people.

Driving a truck that delivers fresh groceries to supermarkets is a somewhat tedious job. Nonetheless, it provides families with reliable, healthy nutrition.

In the ordinary is great value. In the mundane are widespread opportunities to make a positive difference.

Drama can be very entertaining. What sustains life, though, are quiet competence, dependability, and the willingness to do plain old ordinary work.

— Ralph Marston

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