"All work is important. All work is of value. The Amish honor what we would call the process and the product. Both. What I saw among the Amish was the amazing amount of energy available to people who get pleasure from what they are doing and find meaning in the work itself. But they are practical people who want that can of beans at the end of the day and the sixty-six jars of relish. For them it's all connected.

"Since all work is honored, there is no need to rush to get one thing over so you can get on to something more important. The Amish understand that it's not rushing through tasks to achieve a series of goals that is satisfying; it's experiencing each moment along the way."

-- From Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish,

by Sue Bender

(HarperCollins, 1991)

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