From the Wallingford Branch:
Work ceases to be work and becomes a calling with practice and focus... who knew?
The book is called, So Good They Can’t Ignore You and it discusses what makes some of us feel called to our work as opposed to those who merely love their work or see their work as just a job. The determining factor between a job and a calling surprised me in its simplicity and made me sit up straight and smile.
Sometimes I get a little worried that I have missed my professional, “calling.” I mean, I am 41 years old and haven’t been in any career longer than 8 years. I was a teacher for the longest stretch of my career, but I burned myself out so badly that I am not sure I will ever go back. I have had my own business but that didn’t stick. I love my work at Verity, but is being an MSR really as important as a calling? My ego that wants to be the CEO isn’t quite sure (don’t worry John, your job is safe for a few years).
Here is the scoop: those who felt their work was a calling simply were GOOD at their jobs. Not because they were somehow savants and fell into the absolutely perfect career. Not at all, though that was my assumption. Actually, the people who felt their work was a calling were good at their jobs because they focused on being GOOD AT THEIR JOBS. Bizarre, right?
Really. Is focusing on being good at performing a set of tasks enough to make one feel passionate about said tasks? Apparently.
Here is my question – will this philosophy make me a better wife, too?
“Anywhere you go, liking everyone, everyone will be likeable.”
A small stone is “a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.”
Salted Carmel ice cream. Cocoa Beware truffles. African Nectar tea. And, oh yeah, a budget you can live with.
Making a mistake is an opportunity to ask yourself: What do I need to know about this?
Your risk of causing an accident goes up 400% if you are talking on a cell phone while driving. This is similar to driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08.
“Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.”
—John Muth, from his children’s book “The Three Questions”
Looking for a special way to spend an evening? Come hear Verity member Fathia Atallah sing at the Sorrento Hotel on April 16th!
“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”
~Lady Bird Johnson
There have been a few changes around the Wallingford Branch in the past year. Get to know your new Wallingford Branch employees and catch up on what is going on with a few old favorites.