The Big Think

March 7, 2012

Purpose

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 12:16 am

You may be a carpenter. You may be an accountant or a teacher or pump gas for a living. Each of us does with his or her hours duties that define our time here. However, each of us is also constantly working- whether we know it or not- on the deeper work that will define us when we only exist in other people’s memory. We are not, after all, just “teachers”, we may be mentors to someone without realizing it. We’re not just an accountant, but rather we get to be the conduit that adds the figures up that lets someone realize their dreams. The surface activities that we call “work” aren’t everything that there is to it.

Every so often we get a small window into the deeper job that we’re about. Very occasionally we get some sort of feedback that lets us know we’ve made a difference in someone’s life. I am privileged in that my job allows more frequent contact with this layer of work than most. Tonight I got to see some of that evidence and it makes the long hours, hard decisions and sacrifices worth it. It may not be as dramatic or cathartic as a doctor saving a patient’s life or a teacher seeing the once-troubled student graduate with honors, but it’s still deeply meaningful to see that your contributions matter. I am grateful for these moments.

This is just a reminder to myself, really, for those long days of frustration and aggravation that are sure to come. That there are moments like this make days like that easier to handle.

Go and do good work.

1 Comment »

  1. Glad to see you realizing these moments when they happen, and trying to remember them. I have loved, too, the saying over our back door- the one we gave Bridget- “Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life”. We don’t have unlimited time, so it makes sense to try to do good and make a difference with the time that we do have. So to me that means for instance, not watching The Bachelor (what a waste of time and brain cells), not worrying about things that don’t matter, like things that our culture exploits and says are important. Instead, focus on friends, family, faith, and like you said, doing good work- making a difference.

    Comment by Erin — March 9, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

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