Make Your Work Matter
by Michael Feeley
Martin Luther King beautifully describes the special purpose we each have in the work we do:
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sang before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill… If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
There are hobbies. Jobs. Careers. Vocations. Each done with a certain choice, level of commitment and care.
Some are done with relentless passion and love. Practicing, refining your skills over and over to become a master at what you do because it matters that much. You love it that much!
Through your work, your art and your service, you can show people what might not have been seen.
For me – doing work you love is vital. It’s my oxygen – my well spring – my lifeblood – a bountiful source of happiness and gratitude.
Often the work you do is your personal dream and you should go after living that dream fully because that is the essence of your self.
Make your choice. Set your intention daily to do your work very well. The best you can. Excellence is an instant choice and something you can practice all throughout your life in whatever work you choose to do.
Thanks – Michael