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I love my life. I truly do. No matter how good, bad or confusing it gets. I'm blessed beyond measure and only run into problems when my wants begin to overpower my needs. However there is one particularly painful part of my day that I experience every other day when my daughter goes to pre-school...

With Mom stomping around the house in her heels getting herself together for the day my daughter ALWAYS asks me, "Daddy, is Mommy going to work?"

"Yes, baby," I answer.

"I don't want Mommy to go to work. I want her to stay here with me."

"But you're going to school, boo boo."

"And where are you going?"

And like every time she asks, a sharp pain cuts down the middle of my chest. I pause and speak with all the confidence I can muster.

"Errands and stuff and then I'm coming to pick you up."

"I love you, Daddy."

"I love you, too."

I was speaking to a former coworker yesterday and casually said something about not working and she cut me off in mid-sentence.

"You are working, Eric. And you have been working...all year. You've been grinding with your blog, your writing, taking the classes you take and your photography. I wish people would realize work is not all about getting paid. You've been changing directions from that corporate thing to an artist. You are an ARTIST now, Eric! YOU ARE!"

I was quiet for a few moments thinking of all the things I could say to provide a rebuttal until finally I just said, "Thank you."

For all of you out there not doing what you think you should be doing, look at what you are doing. Are you giving it your all? Are you being blessed by it? Is it opening new doors for you? Are you happy? If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, then rest assured your actions aren't in vain.

Well...what say you?

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