The best portion of a good man’s life, – his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. – William Wordsworth
I always know when someone loves his or her job. There is something about them that shines out.
At first glance, it’s an energy. A force field surrounds them where they live by themselves, focused on their world. No one may enter their space. No one is allowed to interrupt their flow or steel their joy.
At a second glance, it’s enthusiasm. They hum along doing their duties with efficiency and a light heart. A spring in their step is coupled with a touch of drive. This enthusiasm allows them to move beyond their force field to reach out to others and share their joy.
Ultimately it seems to come down to one thing. They care. About themselves, their work, and what they do for others. This is how the love they have for their work is expressed. It reaches out, beyond the force field, for others to experience.
It may seem strange at first to think about loving a job. Most people associate love with a feeling. Remember that feeling they day you got hired? Like you are floating off the ground in a state of ecstasy simply high on life. And if the feeling is missing, most assume the love is gone. And that may be true. Feelings may fade with the stress and pressures that workers today face.
But what about the caring? Do you still care about yourself, your work, and others? If so, maybe you really do love your job!
Someone I watch love her job is Dana. She greets me with a smile, takes my coat and offers me something to drink each time I go for a hair appointment. She has that quick walk in her step and boundless energy to share with me, and all her clients. Her enthusiasm fills the entire room. When asked, she’ll tell you that she loves her job. To Dana, her job is really just hanging out with the ladies doing what she loves, making us feel good about ourselves through her creativity. That brings her joy.
How to you recapture these feelings of loving your job in the middle of stress and pressure? Simple. Remember that you care. About yourself, your work, and others.
You care enough to do a good job at your job, for you. You let yourself accomplishment good work for you to celebrate! You let these accomplishments fuel your enthusiasm and let no one rob you of the truth. The truth of what you have done and what you have to offer.
You also remember that the work you do matters! You impact others everyday. You show others you care when you do your part.
Ultimately, you also get something for your efforts – a paycheck! Funds to support your life in so many ways. What greater way to love yourself than to provide for yourself?
This week, ask yourself all the ways you love your job. Feel free to share what you learn by leaving a comment.
He who multiplies riches multiplies cares. – Benjamin Franklin