WORK? GOOD LORD!

SINCE THE OF­FICE IS THE PLACE TO FILL OUT LOTTERY TICK­ETS, COULD WE FIND FUL­FIL­MENT THROUGH WORKSHIPPING?

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Folks, for some rea­son I’ve wound up be­ing friends with some­one who thinks God takes time out from run­ning the uni­verse to help him 24/7.

I be­lieve the same thing too; just re­move the word “help” from the last sen­tence and re­place it with “an­noy”.

Any­way, my on­go­ing bat­tle with the Almighty aside, I was in­ter­ested to hear my new mate say re­cently that do­ing his job re­ally well was one of the ways he likes to thank his ce­les­tial boss.

He called it “work­ship”, ba­si­cally, wor­ship­ping through work.

“You can’t just limit time out for God for cer­tain hours on Sun­days, Greg,” he said.

Of course, I didn’t tell him I pre­fer to spend time each Sun­day in­spect­ing the bot­toms of freshly emp­tied beer cans, but I sus­pect he knows that al­ready.

Still, he be­lieves in do­ing the best you can in any job you’ve been given in or­der to show the Good Lord how grate­ful you are.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing twist when you con­sider most of us would hap­pily change jobs faster than a Trump tweet if given half a chance.

For many Aus­tralians, work is a four-let­ter word. Some­thing we do to pay the bills and keep the wolf from the door while cross­ing off days un­til re­tire­ment and fill­ing out Lotto tick­ets.

Work, like head­lice, is just some­thing we have to deal with. Or is it?

I have a cou­ple of other friends who de­cided fairly early on that work wasn’t for them. They each quickly found a way to ex­ist in the mod­ern world by liv­ing what can op­ti­misti­cally be called a spar­tan ex­is­tence. So spar­tan in fact that ac­tual Spar­tans would be shocked at how spar­tan it is.

Still, they‘re happy (in their own way), and while never get­ting the Sun­day night blues ever again cer­tainly ap­peals to me, I’m pretty sure my Long Suf­fer­ing Wife would have quite a bit to say about the down­sides of sub­sis­tence liv­ing.

But “work-ship­ping”? It might give me some­thing to do un­til the cheque from my new email friend the Nige­rian Prince ar­rives.

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