I like to look for quotes that help me set my focus in a new direction. Recently, I posted this one on my office door:
“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”
So I’m focusing on joy…joy that I find in helping my coworkers, joy when I see an attendee in one of my Microsoft Access classes really “get it”, joy when I patiently wait my turn to get out of the parking garage on my way to a meeting, joy when I’m given something else to add to my task list.
My new vision has brought me back to the roots of my committment to public service. I’m here because my contribution is making a difference, and because I continually seek new ways to improve my service and the human condition.
If the workload is getting you down, focus on joy today.