Quiet Work

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity–

Of toil unsever’d from tranquility!
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplish’d in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.
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What's in it for me

WORK! A dreadful drudgery for some or a creative channel for others.

We work to study and then we study to work some more… work becomes a benchmark of the quality of our lives.

These are pictures I clicked this weekend and take the liberty to use them to illustrate the nuances of work! 🙂

Never too late to begin - caterpillar

Work cannot be the end-all of our education, work itself is a self-learning process. Yet what is work without good company!

Two's company - Butterflies

Our colleagues form what we term … our support systems!

Support systems - tendrils

Yet, there are times when things get rough…

Its mine - ants

but we can always take time for a breather…

Take a break - dragonfly

and no matter what… at the end of the day we love to see a task to its completion

All in a days work - ants

Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,

Man’s fitful uproar mingling with his toil,

Still do thy sleepless ministers move on,

Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;

Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,

Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.

QUIET WORK ~ Mathew Arnold

Quiet Work by Matthew Arnold

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,

One lesson which in every wind is blown,

One lesson of two duties kept at one

Though the loud world proclaim their enmity–

Of toil unsever’d from tranquility!

Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows

Far noisier schemes, accomplish’d in repose,

Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.

Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,

Man’s fitful uproar mingling with his toil,

Still do thy sleepless ministers move on,

Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;

Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,

Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.

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5 responses to “Quiet Work

  1. I think this is the best blogpost I’ve read! 🙂 …Love the pics and the decriptions and the poem. great job!

  2. Jovie,
    Faye is 100% correct. Great. The pics, the decription and the poem are perfect.

  3. great macros, must have taken a lot of patience 😀 and nice narrative to go with it too 🙂

    • Thanks! The macros did make me sweat… the ants proved to be the scariest subjects to get close to! But I had my niece keeping me company and when she would look at the pictures on the LCD she would be so fascinated… that was motivation enough!

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