Work is a virtue. And perhaps it’s one that has been forgotten. Certainly if we compare the attitudes of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers about work to the mindsets of our peers and our children, we’ll see a degradation of the values that once defined hard working men.
Men, your work matters.
It matters what you do – and how hard you work. Even if you are working at a fast food drivethru – your work matters.
We need to treat our jobs as though they matter! Why?
People are depending on us to do our job. The toilet you scrub, the widgets you make, the burgers you make, the papers you write – they matter to someone. I know your boss might be a prick, and you might not feel valued. But you’ve got to make your own validation. Find your value, and the value in your work on your own – and recognize that someone is counting on your doing your job to the best of your ability.
You are depending on your income! Your job is paying you, and it’s providing for your needs and the needs of your family. That matters. If you treat it like it doesn’t matter – you might lose it. Your income matters, and so by default, the way you earn that income matters.
Men, even if your job is just a stepping stone – even if it’s a J-O-B on your way to a career – even if you HATE it – it matters. So treat it like it matters!
Remember – how it feels is not as important as what the truth is. So your feelings might tell you how much you hate your job. Counter those feelings with the truth – that your job matters.
Tune in next week for “Work: A Forgotten Virtue? – Make a TIME for rest”