Maybe you’ve heard this story before. A traveler stops to watch some men working. One man pushes a wheelbarrow past, and the traveler asks him, “What are you doing?” The man scowls and says, “What do you think I’m doing? I’m pushing this damned wheelbarrow. It’s all I do, all day long.”
A few minutes later, another workman comes by with a second wheelbarrow. The traveler asks again, “What are you doing?”
The worker smiles broadly and then gestures toward a structure farther down the road. “Can’t you see? I’m building a cathedral!”
I thought of this last night while I was watching my daughters and their friends set off fireworks in our cul de sac. And I thought of it again this morning, as I turned the hourglass over and began writing again.