I am sharing a potpourri of thoughts regarding our daily work and responsibilities—whatever form that might take. The word “work” encompasses many descriptions. Your work can be as a volunteer, a stay-at-home momma or daddy, a job that requires your presence for regular hours, working at a desk in your home, and many more definitions. So following are ideas that hopefully will make that job whatever form it takes more enjoyable as well as encouraging you in future goals you might have.
Whatever you present job, even if you are dissatisfied, give it your best shot. This could potentially lead to attracting a better position.
You can love the work you do even if you cannot always do the work you love. There is always choice about the way you do your work even if there is not a choice about the work itself. You can always choose your attitude.
As you go about your work choose to make today a great day. Your colleagues, customers, team members, family—whomever you encounter through your day—and you yourself will be thankful. And remember the time goes by faster when you are creating an atmosphere of positiveness around yourself.
Do not wait until you get your “dream job” before giving it all you have got. Excel at the job at hand and the “dream job” may well appear sooner than you think.
Find ways to play. We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves.
Stay focused in order to be present when your customers, team members, colleagues, or family most need you. And should you feel your energy lapsing try this surefire remedy: find someone who needs a helping hand; a word of support; or a good ear and make their day.
I love this story—it is a great example of taking a potentially boring and unpleasant job and turning it into great fun for yourself as well as others. Sometime back I saw a clip on CNN of a cop directing traffic. Now I feel fairly confident when I say I doubt very seriously that being a traffic cop is a police person’s dream job. But this gentleman had decided to take a less than desirable situation and convert it into an affirming experience. Instead of just mechanically moving his arms and hands with a boring, “my gosh how I hate this” attitude he made a conscious decision to turn it into more fun than one could imagine for himself and the commuters. He literally danced his way through his shift right there in the middle of the street with great flourish and enthusiasm. His moves were beautiful as well as sometimes intentionally humorous. What energy that man put forth for his own amusement and enjoyment as well as every traveler he encountered. He had to be exhausted by the end of his day but exhilarated at the same time. What an inspiration to all of us.
I leave you with these two passages of Scripture (both from the Amplified translation) that give good admonitions for how we should approach our work.
“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,” Colossians 3:23
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might;” Ecclesiastes 9:10
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