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Landon Saunders

            A friend of mine declares this is a true story. A busy executive was late leaving for work one Monday morning. Completely preoccupied as usual, he grabbed his briefcase and headed for the door.

            Lying on the floor between him and the door was his wife, the victim of a fainting spell. No matter; he simply stepped over her and went barreling on out the door. Just as he shut it, he reopened it and shouted—she was still lying on the floor—that dinner should be ready by 6:30. Then he drove off to work. (I won’t go into what she thought as she lay there for a few moments, pondering the whole scene!)

            For a lot of people, it seems that work and love are competing forces, struggling for preeminence in their lives. Actually, though, work and love are opposites that attract.

            Work is structure, love is freedom. Work defines the self, love dissolves the self. Work prefers future goals, love seizes the present moment. Work is mastery, love is mystery.

            When they are properly put together in a life, they put the life together. They create a synergy of energy and purpose. But when they are out of synch with each other, they wear each other down like two gears grinding against each other.

            Between them there is a creative tension like the tension that makes a violin string capable of such beautiful music. Without the tension, there is no music in the life. It’s when the tension gets out of control that something snaps in people—they reach their breaking point.

            Work and love. Today. They need attention.

            But isn’t it amazing the way we approach these two? Very often a person will bury down in his work for ten to twenty years, trying to make it big. And then he looks up, and his children are grown and moved out of the house. The relationship he has with his wife is one designed for minimal friction…but minimal intimacy as well.

            Now, after ten or twenty years, he sets about the awesome task of trying to settle his accounts with love. And hopes it’s not too late. But what an incredible waste of life. Think of all the love that could have been.

            What was missing? Maybe a little insight could have made all the difference.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Work is structure, love is freedom. Work defines the self, love dissolves the self. Work prefers future goals, love seizes the present moment. Work is mastery, love is mystery. Together, they create a synergy of energy and purpose.

COMING FRIDAY: A Daily Time for Insight

[This is an excerpt from, How To Win 7 Out Of 8 Days A Week by Landon Saunders which is out of print and used by permission. In 2024 we will work through the entire book in this blog, with posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.]