Thursday, July 27, 2006

What Would You Do?

What would I do if I could do anything in the world I wanted to do? I've asked myself this question a great deal this year. Our company has downsized considerably and many of my friends are out of jobs.
Last week several of us sat around a table at lunch, everyone lost in their thoughts. The company had started another round of layoffs and the mood was dark. I asked to no one in particular: What are you going to do when you grow up? Several people looked at me as if I was crazy because most of us are in our fifties. One guy spoke up to say that he wanted to figure out how to make money fishing. He was not sure how, but it's what he loves and he felt there had to be a way. A few others said that they were Peter Pan and they would never grow up.
One guy looked slowly around the table and gazed at each of us for a moment before saying "I have no idea what I would do...this his job is my life. I have worked for this company all of my adult's the only life I know," he said. We all fell back into silence as we thought about his words.
I'm not exactly sure what I would do, but I know it would have something to do with writing, taking pictures, doing web work, playing music and traveling. I love all these things. I have a great job, but I would never say it's my life. It's what I do to earn a living.
By weeks' end a lot of people were "let go" and one of the guys sitting at the table was among them. I was saddened. I know for a fact that a lot of folks breathed a sigh of relief for getting a reprieve until the next round.
Here's the deal, everybody's good at something and truth be told there's a good chance that if you focus on your strengths, you can find the work you love. I think the Good Lord meant for us to do this.
What would you do, if you could do anything in the world you wanted to do?

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