“If you trust life, it will surprise you and always give you good things.”— David Steindl-Rast 

Thank God I’m a writer, not a YouTuber, because the pronunciation of the word I want to write about today is way above my pay grade.

The word is arbejdsglaede. It’s a Scandinavian word that means work love and, as far as I can tell, there’s nothing like it in the English language.

In fact, I’ve heard an ugly rumor there are lots of non-Scandinavians who aren’t crazy about their jobs. Who don’t get excited when “The End” rolls on the screen of their weekend. I’ve also heard more heart attacks happen on Monday (again something to do with work) than any other day.

Since my chosen WORK (and that word never really cuts it for me, because well, arbejdsglaede) is the spontaneous expression of some thought that brings hope, that shines light on possibilities, I want to offer a different point of view.

I believe the reason my life has been 99 percent spectacular (including my career) is because that’s how I choose to see it. I expect to be dazzled. I expect my work to provide spiritual stimulation.  And I’ve proven over and over again that if I approach each day with that kind of expectation, that’s the kind of day (the kind of work, the kind of relationship) that’s likely to occur.

The reason it’s nearly impossible for me to distinguish work from play or my business life from my social life is because early on, I was blessed with the secret that that my appraisal of life affects its every aspect. #222 Forever

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)

17 Responses

  1. Ms. Grout… Kahlil Gibran said in The Prophet, “Work is love made visible.” I think you demonstrate that in your books.

  2. Thank you …..every time I see your name in my inbox my day just gets better #222 🦋

  3. Thank you for another fabulous post! I had to YouTube the pronunciation – it is just an awesome word. I agree 100% with Julie’s comment above – I smile whenever I see your name in my inbox:)

  4. Love it. Love the impossible-to-pronounce yet fabulous word that describes what most of us desire for our experience of work, yet so many haven’t found. Love that you have proven that your spectacular expectations have created your dazzling reality. Love the reminder that we get what we expect- so let’s expect to be dazzled! Yes! Oh and I also love the quote and the cartoon. Thankyou!
    Have a spectacularly dazzling day dear Pam. And I will too! 😁💃⭐️❤️☀️

  5. I lived in Denmark from age 12 – 14 so I know how to pronounce it. I had a job some years ago that I loved and got paid for it!

  6. LOVED this post! Just perfect! I will now increase my expectation of being dazzled and anticipate more spiritual stimulation and inspiration every day.

  7. Working with and loving children has been my joy in this lifetime. I always felt blessed that I got todo this. Thank you Pam for sharing your journey with us💖

  8. It was so exciting reading “Tiny tweaks can reroute the flight pattern of your life”. Your dream with Taz has reminded you of the dazzle. My job on earth is to laugh and play. And it’s exciting to feel you laugh and play more. I feel the love, dear friend. Thank you again for another awesome post.

  9. Pam💜
    I’ve been reading your books for a few years now and they are perfect reminders to believe in miracles and magic (M n Ms )
    I love your sense of humor , honesty and the hope that spills off every page of ACIM
    Peace and blessings dear one,
    Denise

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