“That is the simple secret, always take your heart to work.”Meryl Streep
There are many things that I have enjoyed about my journey through life. And one of those things has been meeting so many people and learning about what they do for a living, what their hobbies are, their family history and where they are from.
Having traveled for most of my career, I have shared many planes, trains and automobiles with people who started out as strangers, but as we parted ways, we separated as friends and connected in some way.
What always stood out to me was the sense of pride, joy and enthusiasm many of the people I met had about their work. I have met software developers working on a unique program to improve disease management, teachers and professors who beamed when talking about their students, doctors, nurses, lawyers, bakers, athletes, actors, taxidermists, salespeople, CEOs, stay-at-home parents and so many others that it is impossible to list them all here.
And as I look back on some incredible memories of my time spent traveling, I am most grateful for the conversations with my seatmates as they shared their passion and heart for the work they did. They always took their heart to work. They went to work with a servant’s heart. They saw themselves as more than an employee, consultant or owner of a company. They saw themselves as being a difference-maker in some way…
We all know that feeling of entering a construction zone while we are driving, don’t we? Whether it is a major highway or just a single-lane road that gets shut down, we are either forced to find a detour or accept the delay and ride out the traffic until we get past the construction that is currently underway.
Although we know that when the construction ends, the improvements made will make our commute easier in the long run, we can’t help but feel a little frustrated and inconvenienced in the moment.
The other day I found myself on such a road. It was a beautiful scenic drive and then suddenly, the orange and white, yellow and black signs started to appear: Construction Entrance; Begin Construction; Road Work Ahead; Road Construction Ahead; Entering Work Zone; Construction Zone Begins; Entering Construction Zone; Slow Down Construction Area Ahead Trucks Entering. Well, maybe I didn’t see all of these signs on this particular drive, but I am sure I have at some point over the course of my life. And I am fairly certain you have as well.
I decided to ride out the traffic and just accept the delay. And then the other signs started to pop up as I began to resume the normal speed limit: End Active Work Zone; End Construction; or End of Construction. And as I approached those signs, I realized I had a great appreciation for the men and women who are out there each day building, rebuilding, or repairing our roadways so that we are safer, and our future drives are made so much easier. Kudos to all those who work so hard to make our lives better in the long run. And maybe we can all do our part in being a little more patient so that we can keep them safer each day too…