Monday, March 27, 2006

Goldfinches and Joy at Work


The multitude of male goldfinches who make my birdfeeders their buffet are changing their winter clothes for summer ones. The change should be complete in a month. Then those males will look like lemons in my peach trees.






Anna Botsford Comstock, in her Handbook of Nature Study, says

"The goldfinches are small birds but their songs are so sweet and reedy that they seem to fill the world with music more effectually than many larger birds."
And,
"The song of the goldfinch is exquiestie and he sings during the entire period of his golden dress; he sings while glying as well as when at rest. The flight is in itself beautiful, being wavelike up and down, in graceful curves."
These days, the air is filled with those sweet sounds in a constant chatter.

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Starting out this last Monday of the last week of March, consider what Bakke says about work and the joy thereof.
"Another way to view the story, however, is that God intended that the workplace be beautiful, exciting, and satisfying. Work was to be filled with joy. Work was a major reason for our creation. It was intended to be an important act of worship. It was one of the most significant ways in which we could honor our Creator. From this perspective it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to make the modern workplace the way it was intended to be."

from Joy at Work, Dennis W. Bakke



3 comments:

Carol in Oregon said...

Janie,

You are a major source of quotes for my journal. The inches are lovely. Thank you.

Carol in Oregon said...

Aww, finches!!!

My 1 yr old grandson fell asleep in my arms and I'm typing with 1 finger. Sorry!

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