Hi, thanks for joining the reflective dialogue. In looking at the German roots of the word "Work" you bring out some interesting themes. As you noted, the "Mühe" connotation focuses on toil, it's the "labor' side of work. Here we have to "do something" in order to "live" outside our work.
When you mentioned Luther's idea of "Berufung," or "calling," this gives work a sense of purpose, where we fit into the larger social fabric and play our role.
But neither really get at the dynamic nature of work as a process, and this is what fascinates me. Here's a question: When you wrote your note to our discussion, was it work, was it play or what was it?
It seems that you did some work in writing the thoughtful note, and the results (your work) was something that I can respond to. In a real sense, this suggests that "work" may be a "dialogue." Could this be?