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How long can you work “tirelessly” ?

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I get really annoyed when someone says/commends me or someone else by saying he, or she has worked “tirelessly” when we were damn tired.

There I said it.

If someone really worked tirelessly, they would be on a lot of caffeine, or manic, or maybe just passionate about the work, but eventually, we get tired. All of us.

So what would be a better commendation?

She worked really hard. He worked from sun up to sun down. You did a good job! Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  I’m sounding a little negative here, which I don’t usually do on this blog. But hey, I’m human and this is a little pet peeve of mine.

It is possible to work tirelessly – but not forever. Okay enough of that.

There are some things I would never tire of. Things I’ve not had the chance to get tired of anyway, like a massage. Can you imagine a massage that goes on as long as you want it to? Maybe a tag team of three massage therapists. Could a person overdose on a massage that went on and on into blissitude? Could your muscles actually get tired from a massage? I’d like to find out.

Other things I don’t think I’d get tired of are: stained glass windows, soft and gentle music if it’s varied enough, the oatmeal I have every morning with fruit and walnuts, (though I wouldn’t mind pancakes for dinner once in a while). I don’t think I’d get tired of Star Trek, which I rarely watch anymore. I doubt I’d ever get tired of the color blue, though of course anything is possible. It would take a long time for me to get tired of dark chocolate.

And I truly don’t think I would get tired of God’s love. Agape. The unconditional love that never ends.

What do you never get tired of?

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was: “tire.” So far, I’ve not gotten tired of the Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt and post. In fact, I look forward to it. Thanks to Linda Hill.

If you’d like to join in the fun, visit :

http://lindaghill.com/2016/02/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-1316/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

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5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

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Author: JoAnna

I'm an open minded, tree-hugging Christian who loves creation. After 30 years as a substance abuse counselor, I'm returning to my creative roots, painting angels, and writing a memoir about love, faith and perseverance, and how I learned that there are no coincidences.

12 thoughts on “How long can you work “tirelessly” ?

  1. I have a pet peeve of the phrase ‘hard-working people’, which politicians here in Britain use unfailingly as if it’s no longer acceptable to simply say ‘working people’, nor to be one – we have to drive ourselves way above and beyond the call of duty in their imagined paradigm.

    What do I never get tired of you ask? Same as you I think JoAnna, the satisfying ‘snap’ of thin, plain dark chocolate being separated from a pristine foil wrapping, and then sensing the cold fragment melting very slowly in my mouth. 🙂

    • I agree that “working people” should be sufficient. Driving ourselves way above and beyond the call of duty is just not healthy, especially if it’s a regular thing. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is healthy! I love how you describe it. I try to let it melt in my mouth too, to enjoy it more.

  2. didn’t have to work hard
    to enjoy this, JoAnn 🙂

  3. I am completely on board with you on this one. I also notice how so many people I know are “always busy” and have a hard time finding time to make plans (and not then later text and cancel them). I think the same applies to working “tirelessly”. I feel that we’ve lost touch with the sense that I doubt I’d ever look back at my life and say I wish I spent more time working. I think we all need a dose of “chillaxing” for our well-being. Great post Joanna! Warm hugs from freezing Toronto, Harlon

    • Thank you, Harlon for the hugs and for your thoughts and affirmation. I am pretty busy, but learning to prioritize, and more importantly, I’m starting to make time for things that nurture my soul. I’m beginning to honor how important “chillaxing” is for my well-being. It’s unusually cold here in the Carolinas – tonight’s low is to be 18 F, but that might feel warm compared to Toronto. Warm hugs. 🙂

  4. God’s love is the top of my list. Enduring and all encompassing. I have to say that the all day massage is something I’m very familiar with, and no, it does not make me tired. Have a big hug from me, JoAnna, with lots of love. ❤ ❤

    • Enduring and encompassing feels wonderful – like a soft warm blanket of love. Thank you for those comforting words and the big hug, too. ❤ Good to know an all day massage does not tire you. I imagine it would be satisfying. When I get a massage it's usually and hour, and I want more, but still enjoy it regardless. Big hug to you, too Sabiscuit ❤

  5. Hi JoAnna,

    I second Hariod’s pet peeve about the political abuse of the term “hard-working”… It’s a term that brings up all sorts of ironies for me, aside from the one discussed. Not all that we call work is hard, depending on one’s perspective, and I would hazard to guess that in every line of work there are times when a little more than the normal is required to keep things moving along. Like trash collection following the Christmas holiday. Or snow removal following a blizzard. That is where the term tireless applies in my book. When the nurses at the field hospital are overwhelmed, and stopping isn’t really their heart’s desire. They’re dead tired, but they dig into their reserves because that is what they choose to give. That is tireless, to me. It most often involves rising to a challenge… and only we can choose if the challenge is meaningful to us, and we want to rise to it! Behaving that way over quarterly returns or our nation’s GDP is obviously a misapplication of our most precious resources…

    I don’t think I will ever tire of reading good writing, discoveries (whether of gravity waves or of that agape Love that rises to meet us along our path), brunch, music, or the beauty of the natural world.

    Peace,
    Michael

    • Definitely good points, Michael. Going above and beyond in special circumstances , for a limited time, is commendable and inspiring. And how could I forget to mention the beauty of the natural world? Glad you remembered for me ! Peace .

  6. Sleeping. I never get tired of sleeping. 😉 Rant any time, my dear. 🙂

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