Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life. This sentiment is attributed to Confusious, Marc Anthony, Mark Twain, and others.
I love the concept, and I am fortunate enough to have found jobs throughout my life that not only make a living, but also make a life.
As I focus on Thanksgiving during this season, I am reminded that the opportunity to do what I love is something for which to be thankful. Whether its teaching students, hosting an event, writing a column, cutting accounts payable checks, or preparing for a board meeting, I have the opportunity to enjoy what I do.
It's about the mindset, not the task. It’s about the perspective, not the people.
I wonder how many people feel like Dolly Parton’s song, “Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin' / Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' /They just use your mind and they never give you credit / It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.”
While I don’t believe that enjoying what one does for a living is dependent on the environment, people or type of work, I do believe that perspective and gratitude play a significant role in job satisfaction.
A dear friend recently told me that he considers his job to be a calling. Another friend does not like the stress that comes from the work she does, but she loves the opportunities that her job affords her. Many people I know enjoy being their own boss. Sometimes for me, it’s about the people with whom I work.
Whatever it is that one chooses to do for an occupation, may it be something for which one can be thankful. Perhaps it is called an occupation because it does occupy many of the hours of life. For that reason, my life is too precious to not spend it doing something that I enjoy, love, find fulfillment in, and experience a sense of purpose.
This Thanksgiving I choose to offer thanks for the jobs that provide, for jobs that remind me I can change my perspective and for the jobs that I enjoy.