Sunday, February 17, 2013

Enjoy your work

"A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God." So says "the Preacher" in the book of Ecclesiastes; but how many of us find true  satisfaction in our work?  Yesterday I was reminded of a man who truly enjoys his work when my son mentioned a very nice restaurant in Northern New Jersey which got me thinking about the owner there--a man who truly enjoys his craft.
We've been privileged to enjoy this restaurant a couple times and the experience has been wonderful.  It's an upscale place with valet parking, well trained staff and an owner who loves his business.  He personally  oversees virtually every part of the day to day operation of the restaurant and behind the scenes spends early morning hours scouring NY City's Fulton Fish Market for the best and freshest in seafood, for which his restaurant is noted.  From the perspective of the public, he greets his guests warmly at the door, checks on them while you're dining and always has a smile on his face. Yes, he fully enjoys--finds satisfaction--his work.  His dedication to his business makes it an attractive place to eat.
And yet we look around and see countless folks who have no love of their work, and I truly pity them.  The jobs may pay well or poorly, they may be glamorous or quite mundane, but whatever it might be we're told to find satisfaction in it, noting there says that it's going to be drop into our laps.  If you can't find satisfaction in your work, find a new line of work.

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