The Work is Never Done
Yesterday after working all day and cooking dinner for my family, I went outside to cut the grass. I’ve been mowing lawns since I was 13, maybe even earlier than that. It’s one of my favorite things to do. There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh cut grass.
After I’d finished cutting the grass, I had another task on my list.
For context, we have a relatively small back yard that’s fenced in for our golden retriever to have free range.
But having a golden retriever also means something else.
With a toddler in the house who ALWAYS wants to be outside, it’s my responsibility to clean up after the dog so my son can enjoy the yard without stepping in dog poop all the time (which he’s already done a handful of times).
As I was cleaning up the back yard it occurred to me that this work will NEVER be done.
I can clean up every single dog spot in the yard and within 24 hours the problem will start all over again.
I can make progress, get everything in pristine condition and next weekend it will all be reset.
The grass will be long and in need of a cut and there will be a week’s worth of dog poop to scoop.
As a kid I used to believe there were clear places where things started and where they ended.
That’s not the case with work.
There is always more work to be done. It never ends.
Just launched a product? Just sold a company?
There's still work to be done.
While the work may never be done, you can take heart that progress is still possible every day.
Be faithful. Be consistent. Do the work.