Yesterday I wrote about waking up scared and with a pit in my stomach, because of a program the House of Shine was publicly launching for the first time. Last night I went to sleep... Read More »
Cringe or Crave?
I had a couple of stitches removed the other day and before the nurse could even get her tools organized I turned my head, started deep breathing, and was reciting a calming mantra in my head.
All things medical make me cringe.
I can’t see blood, listen to people’s gory ailments, see pictures, or watch tv shows about medical emergencies of any sort.
The likelihood of my ever becoming a doctor, nurse, or paramedic was zilch from the very get-go.
Wouldn’t it be great if all professions and jobs created such a visceral reaction in us? Then we wouldn’t have to wonder if the decision to major in electrical engineering was a good one or if we would ever regret a career in sales. We would know, whether the path we were forging was a good one, with the same level of certainty I have about a profession in medicine.
But the clues to finding meaningful work rarely beat us over the head. Instead, it is process and zeroing in on work we will find rewarding requires us to be introspective. Sometimes the signs will be loud and clear, like the adverse reaction I had in the doctor’s office earlier this week, but most of the time it won’t.
It will be more subtle. Maybe it’s an awareness you are looking forward to returning to whatever it was you were doing yesterday.
Or, that time is flying,
Or, sometimes it’s an aha that your best ideas come when you are engrossed in the tasks of your job.
Or, that when you don’t get to do something associated with your job, you miss it and crave the chance to do it again.
Or, maybe like me, your heart races when you think about something you get to do during the week.
Our work is one of the ways we contribute to our corner of the world. If it is making you cringe, it might be time to deep breath, recite a calming mantra, and get a second opinion.