As we begin the Spectacular month of September now would be a grand time to re-evaluate our work. Of course, that can mean the place we report to every day that we gratefully receive a paycheck in exchange for our efforts, or it may mean looking at our lives to see what’s working and what might need a bit of attention.
With Labor Day just around the corner, now would be a good time to consider what we appreciate about our place of employment. In light of the new “work from home” norm, the physical place we used to go to each day might look a bit more appealing. Home is wonderful; however, spending two to three times more there than normal can become so predictable the excitement of going home is non-existent. The usual Labor Day, end of summer cookout might also seem less exciting, since for many it has become a daily event. Truth be told, one might welcome putting away the cooking tongs, chef’s hat, charcoal or propane tank this year.
Perhaps the time spent at home with everyone present has shed some light on the relationship you have with those with whom you spend even more time with now than usual. Good, bad, or ugly, it’s a beautiful opportunity to set aside time to really look at the part you play in your family and at your place of employment. Now might be a perfect time to look in the mirror and ask, “What do I add to the relationships around me? What areas of change would be helpful to support harmony in those relationships? Precisely what am I adding to the peacefulness around me? And finally, what specific changes are ready to be made in my life?
All of these questions offer us the opportunity to help our selves; our family, community and country find a collaborative and cooperative way to move through these difficult, yet much needed changes. Now is the time to fall in love with every aspect of your work and life, and then share a “peace” of that with those around you . . . even if it’s a stranger in a mask at the store. Just smile and look into their eyes and you'll see they appreciate the smile in your eyes.
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!