The Missing Ingredient At Work

This feels timely, for a Monday. Over at The High Calling, Leslie Leyland Fields reflects on the ingredient that can make all the difference at work: love.

This is our winter work this year, building a house on a wilderness island in Alaska where no one has lived for 30 years. Now there are two. We’ll work day and night, racing to get the house erected and livable by the next commercial salmon season. All our supplies come by boat. We will do most of it ourselves, including digging a well by hand, hauling water by hand.

If someone had come along that night and thrust a microphone in my face to ask, “Why are you working so hard?”  I might have growled, with labored breath,“It’s love, pure love!” as I trudged up the long hill, bent in half.

It’s possible. I could have. Because I know the difference. I know how it feels to build without love.


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