“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius
I work hard. I work long hours. I can’t remember a year in recent memory where I didn’t average more than 50 hours per week for my job. But I love what I do, and I am happy to voluntarily sit in my favorite recliner at home in the evening – drink on one side and dog on the other – and churn out some things for work because I love doing it. I don’t mind coming in early or staying late.
Many of us spend more waking hours at work than at home. How awful would it be to not like what you do, to dread being there, or to always be wishing your circumstances were different? Fortunately, that isn’t the case with me. Sure, there are times when I get tired and need a break. There are regular frustrations that come with the territory and the aggravations of large corporate life. But those are thorns on the bouquet and not worthy of my focus.
I am thankful for my work for several reasons:
- It is enjoyable.
- It forces me to keep learning.
- It is cutting edge.
- It makes a difference to many thousands of individuals and to a Fortune 100 company.
- I get to share my work days with wonderful colleagues.
- I work for a company that treats me fairly, that allows me to reinvent myself every few years, and that I believe in.
- I work for a manager and senior leadership that I respect and trust.
- My company offers constant, helpful initiatives to improve the well-being of associates in the areas of health, security, purpose and belonging.
How could I not like such a circumstance? I would not have celebrated my 10th anniversary a few months ago if my work was not a very good fit for who I am, what I’m passionate about, good at, and eager to continue for the foreseeable future. I probably have another ten or so years of full-time work ahead of me. I expect to be quite content to continue doing what I’m doing for a long while to come.
Work is an honorable thing. Doing one’s best is what I expect from myself and from others. To be in a situation where doing so is both a challenge and a pleasure is a treat that not everyone is fortunate to experience, so I am grateful for my work situation every day. In a time when so many people are out of work, my appreciation is even greater.
Thank you, God, for my work.