We all want to have a good life as well as a meaningful life. You have heard the truth that if you do what you love and love what you do, then every day is like being on vacation. If you enjoy what you do and are not bored with it, the day seems to go faster. It is very true that in the jobs that I have had in the past that I did not like, the clock seemed to barely move and the days were long. However, when I was working on a job that I enjoyed, time seemed to fly!
A great goal each one of us could have would be to approach life in such a manner as to make a difference in the world in which we live. Just to get up and go through the routine of daily life can become drudgery very quickly. However, if we know that our life is making a difference and is counting for something that is good, pure, and positive, then we will be more likely to get up with a “spring in our step.” We will know that what we are doing is a making a positive contribution to society and to our own mental and social well-being as well.
I recently read an excerpt from the book, Good to Great, by Jim Collins, who set out to find what moves a good company to become a great company. Much of the information in the book can relate not only to a company, but to individuals as well. The move from good to great does not happen by accident. There are also certain thoughts and behaviors that are necessary in order to move someone from simply being a “good” person to becoming a “great” person.
Collins points out that companies do not have a life of their own. They are made up of individuals who work in them. If a company is to move from good to great, it will be because the people who work there have themselves moved from good to great.
Jim Collins sums it all up when he points out how to make this concept become a reality:
For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.
Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you have had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution.
Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.
To me that sums it all up in a short, succinct manner. To realize that a meaningful life is directly related to meaningful work is an important truth. What can be more meaningful than a mother or father knowing that they are positively impacting their children by the time, effort and energy they pour into them? What can be more meaningful to a person than to know that he or she has influenced their daily environment to be a more positive, uplifting place? Everyday you and I influence the people with whom we come into contact. We will make a difference in the lives of the people we meet, for better or worse, whether we realize it or not. Please remember that you matter; you are a difference maker!
Let me encourage you to focus on what contribution you would like to make to your world; the world in which you live. Not many of us will be a Bill Gates, Steven Jobs, Nelson Mandela or Mother Teresa. However, all of us can change the world in which we live a little bit each day by making a positive addition and contribution. When you focus on the part you play and the difference you make, you will see that what you do really does matter.
Tip: Make your life count!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm