A favorite book of mine is a Studs Terkel tome titled Working. Not that I remember much, but I recall that it celebrated the details and minutia of our respective jobs — the professions and crafts we repeatedly do and get paid for.
I thought of Terkel after hosting Paige and her daughter. Unusual among the many dozens of guests since opening, Paige was in the area on a work assignment. As a result she spent almost no time in the forest or by the river (though she promised to return when time permitted). Another anomaly — no big breakfasts for the duo; simple fare for these two. And another anomaly — Pierre le chien (don’t ask). But we did have some good conversations about what Paige does for a living and like Working, Meg and I found the conversation engaging.
Paige’s presence here crystallized some thoughts: work remains important; likewise success and recognition. An important question I only occasionally ponder (should do this more often) is what work do I want to focus on, what am I best suited for, how important are kudos from others, and will I have any regrets if I cease to be aspirational and goal-oriented.