Sometimes I regret asking about how work is in an after-office dinner. After one person throws this question, another one starts whining about how his boss is exceptionally annoying this morning- then everyone else jumps in the bandwagon sharing their true-to-life horror stories about work. I’ve been in this before. I know you’ve been there too.
There seem to be an implicit coolness factor for employees if they have the most depressing work-related whine among the crowd. In fact some of us, including me, have played this game before- and the sad part is, sometimes we win…and people are watching us. People are listening. They are either inspired to love their work more or hate it passionately.
The statement “I love my work” and “I’m enjoying what I do” is such a shameful, almost taboo, word to say to the whining crowd.
Maybe because the word “enjoying” is often times related to putting your feet up the table, listening to live music and drinking fruit shake…at work? and, your office doesn’t feel that way? Maybe “enjoying” in the workplace may have been perceived as “not doing anything productive” ?
I think there’s a difference between being a party-loving sloth in the office and enjoying work altogether. Enjoying your work might simply mean that you are doing exactly what you love and being productive at the same time. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will have the perfect boss or you’ll be working in top organizations. But it might mean that you start looking for things in your workflow that pumps you up and filling your work-week with those things.
If you agree with me on these thoughts then I think we ought to be deliberate in creating an atmosphere of positivity towards work from now on. When whining is in, maybe it would be cooler to be out.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, [Colosians 3:23, NIV]
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