Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blessed Beyond Measure by Work/Fun Confusion

Caution:  deep thoughts ahead.

I think it was on Friday.

Yes, it was.

It was Friday.

My incubating eggs had reached the ten day mark in their incubation, and i wanted to candle* the eggs.  (*Candling is a means of viewing the inside of the egg, from the outside of the egg, by use of a focused bright light.  This method allows the "candler" to make judgments as to the development of the fetus inside the egg.)  But i kept putting it off because even though candling is a lot of fun, i had other things around the house i needed to do.

And then it hit me.

I was having work/fun confusion.

I've never had work/fun confusion.  Ever.

What's work/fun confusion?

Let me see if i can explain.

You know how your brain knows when the thing you're doing is something for fun or for work?  Like if there's a sink full of dirty dishes - or poopy nasty rabbit cages to clean - and you choose to watch a sappy movie and eat popcorn instead of doing dishes or cleaning rabbit cages - then your brain puts off this silent, but very distracting alarm that keeps you from enjoying your "fun" activity.  This is an example of the opposite of work/fun confusion.

Work/fun confusion happens when the brain can't decide - or forgets - whether the current or desired activity is for work or for fun.

That's what hit me.

I realized that the "fun" activity i was putting off was actually part of my "work" responsibility!

And then i thought, this is a little bit of what bliss must be.  Or the definition of the perfect job:  doing what you love to do - and getting paid for it.

O.k., i'm not getting paid a whole lot as far as CASH goes, but this is still what i do for a living and what my responsibilities include.

How many people ever get to say that during the course of their whole lives even?  Not very many.

I am blessed beyond measure.


  1. Yes, you are! Good for you! Love you!

  2. Beth,
    What a wonderful blog! I especially like your profile - I don't doubt God is honored in your life! He must be smiling when anyone reads your blog entries.

    I can identify with your work/fun confusion but I never identified what the feeling were til I read this entry - well said!


  3. YES you are blessed...... but we are all waiting to read about the eggs you candled.... once your brain was cool with it.... how many did you toss? How many did you clearly see the baby chick? How hard was it to tell the good from the bad?

  4. Debbie, thank you so much for your kind comments!

    Anonymous, i'm not sure that "we are all" waiting to read a pictureless description of my candling adventures. But i threw away just 3 out of 48, and that was pretty good. I'll candle again on Wednesday.

    Mama, i love you too!


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