School is out! That means summer vacations, longer days, humid, hot temperatures and shorter patience. Summer prompts childhood memories of days filled with carefree fun. As adults we’re tempted to use it as an excuse to slow the pace and to take a break.
In my former days as an HR executive, summer months brought their own share of challenges to the workplace. An already stretched workforce needed co-workers to cover for them. By the time you returned from your vacation, the entire department needed a vacation because of your vacation. It reminded me of this GREAT piece from John Orthberg, (The Life You’ve Always Wanted):
“Imagine Genesis if God approached his work as we so often do:
In the beginning, it was nine o’clock, so God had to go to work. He filled out a requisition to separate light from darkness. He considered making stars to beautify the night, and planets to fill the skies, but thought it sounded like too much work; and besides, thought God, “That’s not my job.” So he decided to knock off early and call it a day. And he looked at what he had done and he said, “It’ll have to do.”
On the second day God separated the waters from the dry land. And he made all the dry land flat, plain, and functional, so that – behold – the whole earth looked like Idaho. He thought about making mountains and valleys and glaciers and jungles and forests, but he decided it wouldn’t be worth the effort. And God looked at what he had done that day and said, “It’ll have to do.”
And God made a pigeon to fly in the air, and a carp to swim in the waters, and a cat to creep upon dry ground. And God thought about making millions of other species of all sizes and shapes and colors, but he couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm for any other animals – in fact, he wasn’t too crazy about the cat. Besides, it was almost time for the Late Show. So God looked at all he had done, and God said, “It’ll have to do.”
And at the end of the week, God was seriously burned out. So he breathed a big sigh of relief and said, “Thank Me, it’s Friday.”
No, we’re not God and thankfully God doesn’t have our lazy, self-serving attitudes. Keep this in mind as Summer unfolds. While others as kicking back, YOU can get ahead! That’ll do!
~From the desk of Becky Morlok~Share with a Friend or Colleague