There are times in our lives where we all wonder about the value of our work in the world around us. Or, at least I hope we do. I hope, because I see antidotal evidence around me every day that suggests a large and growing cross section of the people in this country see work as something to be avoided. That’s sad. It’s also a bleak harbinger of things to come if the trend continues.
The other alarming trend I’ve been noticing is the notion of entitlement. Don’t misunderstand. I’m using the word entitlement, not in a political context, but as means of expressing an attitude among younger people that some work is somehow beneath them.
I’m not sure what ideology worries me more. Is it better to (1) believe work is to be avoided like a sickness, or (2) see much of the work available as beneath you? In truth, both of these attitudes are violently and wholly destructive. I don’t know how we’ve arrived here, but I’m truly saddened by the result.
There is dignity in work. Work is, in and of itself, a worthy cause that provides insights into life and living and provides the growth of skill sets that springboard us to other work that continues the skill set acquisition cycle. In this process, the value of work becomes evident, self esteem grows, and the worker (and the world around him/her) all benefit. It’s a beautiful thing.
If you’ve (1) lost your zeal for work, (2) believe work is to be avoided, (3) or think some work is beneath you, please take some time and read this book. It might just change a how you approach work, and that’s an amazing thing.
Do yourself a favor. Read, Every Good Endeavor. And, get to work!