Do The Work: A Motto For Dedicants

That's totally me in the middle.

For the better part of the past two months I’ve been developing a new workout routine. I’ve made it to the gym 6 days a week, for at least an hour per visit.

I’m there so much they should be paying me a salary.

Today I found out that I’ve reached my two month exercise goals, putting on several new pounds of muscle and dropping another 1 1/2 percentage points of body fat. The news was thrilling. I’ve put in the work, and it’s starting to show.

“What should I do to now?” I asked my trainer.

“Keep doing the work,” he said simply.

Now, for the better part of the past two weeks I’ve been developing a new spiritual routine. I’ve risen each morning and made my way into my little sanctuary of a room, lit my candles, and worked at teaching myself new words to say to new Gods. (That is, new to me.) I’m building myself a new religion; word by word, day by day.

The results of the physical work are measurable. I know my thighs are shrinking, as is my belly. I know that my shoulders are bigger, and that my chest is broadening. But the results of my spiritual work don’t come in inches or pounds. My spiritual growth doesn’t make my t-shirts fit any different. In fact, unless you’re really looking close at me you might not even see a difference at all.

But, there is a difference.

In an e-mail exchange I was fortunate enough to have with Kirk Thomas, ADF’s Archdruid, he told me that he was glad that I was doing the work.

“You know, that’s what it’s all about.”

So simple, these men in my life.

Do the work. That’s all you need to worry about. Just keep doing the work.

The results will be evident in time.





2 responses to “Do The Work: A Motto For Dedicants”

  1. Sanil Avatar

    I've enjoyed reading your blog and others', thanks for kicking off the blog-sharing email exchange. It's great seeing what others are doing.

    This is a great reminder. It can be difficult and frustrating to keep up with the work, especially as a solitary (although I expect that will change now that I'm in contact with more people). But it's important to do, and even if it feels like we're going nowhere and not making progress, eventually we'll see the results if we keep going.

    Congratulations, I"m glad you are seeing results now in both these areas. 🙂

    1. TeoBishop Avatar

      Thank you, Sanil. I'm glad to have inspired a few solitaries to share their blogs and become more vocal about their experiences with the DP. And, I'm glad that you are feeling inspired to do the work, too. I look forward to the day we can celebrate completing our DP together!

      Blessings to you.