Love Your Work–Be Happy…

Quotes and Notes #347, October 17

"Work is work, money is money, be happy"--Santos Alonzo

“Work is work, money is money, be happy”–Santos Alonzo

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”—Pearl S. Buck—

“Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success.”—David O. McKay—

One day, I found my friend Santos knee deep in a ditch looking for a water leak. He took a break and we talked for a while. I asked, “Santos, why is it that you have the hardest and dirtiest work but you are still happy, laughing, and joking continuously?”

He thought, took a sip of his coffee, and said, “See Juan, trabajo es trabajo, dinero es dinero (work is work, money is money). We must work to get dinero so we may as well be happy. The job doesn’t matter as long as you are happy. When you get home, there is food and love.”

When I was young, my mother would read me a short story titled, “Never Worked and Never Will.” It was about a wood carver and his friendship with a little girl who liked to watch him work. The wood carver loved his job. The people in the town said that the wood carver was crazy, that he worked harder than anyone around. The little girl understood.

Happiness and optimism work together. Optimism gets better with practice. Practice.
Share a smile with everyone who thinks you are crazy
Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Why I Never Work

Quotes and Notes #220, June 18

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it”—Ralph Waldo Emerson—

When I was in my early twenties, a man who was probably my current age gave me an intricate plumbing job to perform as part of building a greenhouse. I listened to the directions and then asked, “How good a job do you want me to do.”

He thought about it for a moment and said, “Do the job so that when you are finished you can sit back and grin.” I considered his statement and did an installation job that was close to perfection. I stood back, examined my work and grinned happily.

I have remembered that experience for almost fifty years. That one lesson kept me from ever having to work again. I hope you understand.

Share a smile at your work today
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Never worked and Never will

Never worked and Never will

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