In today’s competitive business world, I can find it difficult at times to find my self-worth in my workplace when I’m not generating the big money in comparison to the field.
Maybe the solution is in the problem. Who am I comparing myself to? Why?
Maybe I should look at the value I bring to the workplace differently. Maybe our value can not be translated to dollars so quickly.
It would be comparing it to planting a fruit tree in your backyard and hoping there’s ripe peaches on your tree in the morning or even the following week.
I’m laying the groundwork and investing in my team for dividends I may not see for months. I have to believe it will pan out in the end. No matter what the bottom line says today.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself.
Just when I think I have attained enough wisdom to spout my knowledge to an unsuspecting victim, I’m humbled once again by how much I have yet to learn.
It makes me reflect and wonder, what do I really know? Part of me resists writing this blog, because I feel like what do I know that I can write about on a daily basis that holds any water and has merit. I guess the answer would be the parts that I know because I lived it. I experienced it. I believe it.
This is what I can share with you and hopefully there is a morsel of insight that can help you along the way.
If not, I guess this is a good writing exercise.
Momentum in life is an important aspect for my evolvement and I’m fully aware that when I get off track and lose it, it can be difficult to get back on the horse again.
This is why an understanding of how it works is critical to remaining consistent with our good habits.
It was explained to me that momentum is like a pump on a well. At first we must pump the handle vigorously before we are going to see any water come out of the spout, because we have to build up enough pressure to bring the water far underground up the pipe. Once we have a flow of water, we just need to maintain that pressure by pumping the handle on a consistent basis. Because we have already built up the pressure and the water is flowing, an easy pump is all we need.
Such is life. I know for me, when I’m on a roll and exercising on a consistent basis, it almost feels like the breeze is at my back or a hand is gently pushing me forward giving me the momentum to complete my tasks. It can be quite easy.
However, once I stop and then pick it back up, I don’t feel the hand on my back and I have to regain that precious push by feverishly pumping the handle on the well again.
So instead, we can maintain our momentum by staying consistent and not allow any excuse come between us and our momentum.
Maybe it’s because I came from a family of 5 kids, but I always knew I wanted to be a Father. My idea of being a Dad was toddlers running around screaming my name, “Daddy, Daddy!” looking up to me like I was their superhero. I had no clue what it took to be a Father. How could I have known? Those idealistic images I conjured up in my mind accounted for all of .875% of what actually has happened. In a way, I’m glad I didn’t know what to expect. If I did, I probably would have never gone through with it.
It’s been said that pretty much anyone can be a Father. Hell, it’s a primitive instinct for us to pro-create. Doesn’t take a lot of skill and the effort is quite minimal. But, to be a Dad . . .
I can say that I’ve learned more about human behavior – and I’m pretty fascinated by it – in being a Dad than any other area of my life. I have 4 experiment’s going on right now. I learn something new everyday and am humbled by what I’ve discovered.
It is by far the most difficult endeavor I’ve ever taken on. Maybe it’s because there are no vacations. I will always be my children’s Father. It started 25 years ago and God willing, I will still be their Father in another 25 years. My role and responsibilities may change a bit, but I’ll still be on the clock. Granted, it may not be quite as intense as it was when we had a 6, 4 and 2 year old, but never-the-less, I take it just as serious.
This is by far one of my proudest accomplishments in life and I feel eternally blessed for such a gift – and such wonderful children. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without them.
I’m humbled. I’m grateful. I’m proud.
I’m a Dad and I love it!
I would like to think my default emotion is Love. But, to be honest, too often I error on the side of frustration and a focus on lack in my life.
When can we decide to move through our day as we linger in Love? Why not give that other person the benefit of the doubt? That might be exactly what they need in this moment. Maybe we can give ourselves a bit of a break and pamper ourselves with a little self-Love today.
To linger in Love is to choose the opposite of anger and resentment.
To linger in Love is to let the ego dissolve and acknowledge our oneness with all living things in this world.
To linger in Love is more challenging. It’s difficult to keep your focus away from “what’s in it for me.”
To linger in Love is to let go of expectations.
But, what if we did. . .