Read the title of this post one more time because it’s the new slogan for Office Max. When I walked in today, I had to actually stop and think about it for a second. Then the automatic doors started to close and that was the end of my contemplation.
I have had countless “life is beautiful” moments. The birth of my kids, a great sale at Macy’s (don’t judge me), the moment I wake up on Friday morning and realize it’s my day off, stepping off a plane and into Nairobi . And I have also had a lot of “work is beautiful” moments. Probably a disproportionate amount, in fact, because for the past 7 years my career and my calling have lined up pretty perfectly. I will agree to be acutely aware of how lucky I am if you will agree to not argue when I say that even MY work occasionally does not feel particularly…you know…beautiful. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m changing the world or advancing the kingdom or doing anything significant at all and that’s just the truth of it. Some days my work feels suspiciously like work. And I know that yours does as well.
So, the Office Max sign made me really curious and I decided to race home and ask these two important questions:
1) Do you often/rarely/always/never feel that “work is beautiful”? (not just the concept of work, but the work that you do)
2) If you could do anything – and I mean anything – and earn a good, solid income, what would you do?
I’ll understand if you want to post anonymously since jobs are scarce and I’m pretty sure your boss reads my blog. Hee. I consistently crack myself up on my day off.
Fridays are definitely beautiful,
P.S. Just in case you’re wondering – here’s the most recent list of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and believe it or not, most of them are hiring!
P.P.S. Did you know that before the economy tanked employees of Google enjoyed afternoon tea and an annual ski trip as a standard perk? I am convinced that afternoon tea is just a brilliant idea…every person on the planet ought to stop for a warm beverage at 3:00.