Today I’m writing from a friend’s kitchen. I’m seeing the inside of their house for the first time after they began a big renovation a year or so ago. As I walked through the house I looked for places and spaces that would connect me with the old house, because they built up and around the old one. Now, I don’t know all the details and do know that there were some issues that delayed the finish, but I was surprised how much of the house wasn’t done yet. Painting, area rugs and furniture I could understand, but I can’t understand the missing back splash in the kitchen, a missing shower door and temporary fixtures in a bathroom.
As we talk about health this month one of the important areas of our lives to talk about is our work lives. Whether you look at it from the perspective of owning a business or working for someone else, I would not feel good about leaving the house in the condition that it is in and calling the job complete. Yes, I would be proud of what has been accomplished so far, but not as satisfied or proud of what it could be if the job had really been completed. I’m not talking about perfection here, but about completing the entire task to the best of your ability, being able to look at what should be the finished product and be satisfied with the work I have done.
I believe it’s important to be proud of the work you do and to celebrate the work you do. Too many people don’t seem to get any recognition for a job well done, even if they were doing just what they were asked to do. But I believe all of it should be celebrated, not just the big stuff or the stuff done by the big bosses. But you can’t celebrate what isn’t complete or what isn’t done well, it’s just not right. We don’t celebrate when we get some of the cancer or beat 20% of the other teams in the league, we celebrate most when all of the cancer is gone or beat all the other teams, because we know we’ve done our best and accomplished what we set out to do. So I guess the question is are you satisfied with what you have done and what you’re doing in your life or are you dragging through the day because you don’t have any pride for what you’re doing? If you aren’t satisfied what are you going to do or think different to change that?