Joyful Noise: The Boring Foundation Work

(c) 2016 ||

(c) 2016 ||

It’s really easy to ignore the boring foundation work that goes on behind a beautiful or amazing story.

A pianist practiced the same 3 measures of a tricky piano piece day after day after day (until they were sick of it) in order to make it sound effortless.

A writer gets up bleary-eyed every morning to pound out 500 words before heading off to their day job.

An engineer throws another bunch of material on the scrap pile, having experimented with a new configuration, but discovered it wasn’t working.

Parenting falls under this category too. It’s not glamorous. It’s wearing. Bits of joy and epiphany are scattered throughout a daily routine.

But don’t go for the glamor. Don’t believe the hype. Every job, everything worth doing has a grind. Hard work isn’t standing at a podium delivering a speech — it’s the long life of experience, the many hours of preparation, and the long practices in the mirror. The quiet unseen work is what truly generates good things.

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