Decide to Love Your Work
There's no denying that some situations are just hard. In any job, there are days—maybe weeks—that never seem to end. This is where cultivating a positive perspective can help: not to fool yourself into forgetting how difficult things are, but to imagine the purpose and transformative possibilities of what you do.
Perspective is a faculty of the imagination. It takes exercise in order to be effective. What are some daily practices you have found that strengthen your ability to have a good attitude?
TRANSCRIPT: There's an old story about two families moving to Plainsville on the same day. Both families met with a real estate agent who knew properties and people.
The father of the first family asked the agent what the town was like. The agent said, "What kind of town did you come from?" The father replied, "Lousy place. We couldn't wait to leave."
The agent said, "Plainsville's no good either."
The father of the second family said, "We loved our last home."
The agent said," You're gonna love Plainsville, and you'll hate to leave it, too."
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. The Talmud has a saying: We see the world not as it is, but as we are. What is your view . . . in the high calling of our daily work?