Learning from the Amish

I have tried to spend more time working than playing.  I admire the Amish people. They believe in hard work and lots of it.  Two things I learned about them:

  1. they will often start businesses just to have some work to give to their kids – not so their kids will have money, but so they will have work to do.
  2. women will often get together to clean each other’s houses.  In the same way that I would have coffee with a friend – that’s their recreation.

They value work so much and realize that through work you have value. I see now that we often think we want a lot of rest and idleness but really we are happier when we work hard and accomplish things. I am trying to embrace this spirit of work at home and at work.

Amish schoolchildren

Amish schoolchildren (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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