O God, we thank you for the gift of this day.
Give us the energy we need to face our work; with the attentiveness, we need to do it well.
Give us the self-discipline we need to finish it even if no one sees and no one praises us.
Give us the self-respect which will inspire us not to produce anything which is less than our best.
Give us the courtesy and the considerateness which will make us easy to live and work with.
Help us to live today so that we will make the world a happier more hopeful place wherever we go. Amen! (Adapted from a prayer by William Barclay)