That´s not a typo. This is a story about the sublime.
We went to the local Farmers Market on Sunday. I love Farmer´s Markets. They are alive and buzzing with people who either create or appreciate home crafted foods and plants. One of my favorite market finds is morel mushrooms.
I love morels for several reasons. They are a sensual food, earthy and fragrant. Morels can be elusive, making them all the more attractive. On my life list of things to do before I die is to spend a few days with a professional mushroom hunter and pick morels. Here’s a few of the beauties we bought:
Farmer´s markets are generally filled with purveyors who are passionate about what they grow and produce. I am sure there are a few exceptions, but the folks I come across have a love for their product and enjoy engaging in conversation with interested customers. Like each of us, there are parts of their work that they do not look forward to and might be considered quite unsavory and undesirable. Even so, there is a nobleness that comes across when I observe and talk to most farmer´s market purveyors.
Work can be a stirring activity when it has meaning and it is fruitful.
(Note: I am not being righteous, here, this is a lesson I learned only recently and still need to work on.)
How many of us approach our work with a sense of pride and commitment? Being all there, in the present, providing value, and making a difference. Let´s not take that for granted. When we do, we search for increasingly better jobs, promotions, or new fields. We are never satisfied.
You have probably seen news interviews of people who live in economically depressed areas and who are genuinely grateful for any kind of work. So many of us are so lucky that we are not thankful for or engaged in the work we have.
I am not suggsting that we should not aim high or have goals. Goals, dreams, and progress are critical to ensuring we live our best life. My 2 Weeks 2 a Breakthrough Program is all about making new things happen.
What I am suggesting is that there is something sublime about being great today, at whatever tasks or work we do. Maybe you are looking for a new job. In the mean time, feel satisfaction and pride in your work today.
No work is beneath anyone. Productive endeavors are the riches of our species.
As a manager, leader, small business owner, or entrepreneur, you have the opportunity to improve your experience and that of others.
Make every call helpful, pleasant, and uncommonly insightful.
Make every meeting worth the time and more.
Make every proposal clear and compelling.
Make every conversation positive, honest, candid, and facilitative.
Make every person feel appreciated and special.
Take on every task with pride and focus.
Value the effort we put into work and never short change the task with disrespect.
We feel at peace, excited, and like a contributor.