December 3     

Today's quotation:

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Dale Carnegie

Today's Meditation:

I've known many people who don't take the small jobs at all seriously because they're, well, small.  They mistake the scope of the job for the importance of the job, and thus end up making some pretty severe mistakes-- especially when several small jobs add up to a larger job.  Putting the hoses away is a small job that is part of the larger job of getting the home ready for winter, and it's very easy for one of those jobs, if done poorly, to have a drastic effect come winter.

I like to try to give my best to everything that I do, mostly because I've learned the lesson of what happens when I don't do so.  I've had to re-do too many jobs in my life that I didn't do well enough the first time, and I've had to fix damage done by my first poor job, also.  Fortunately, this hasn't happened tons of times, but enough to help me learn the lesson I needed to learn:  take the small jobs seriously, and do them as well as I can.

As Dale says, when the small things are done well, the bigger things tend to take care of themselves.  I find that I rarely have to do huge jobs when I take care of the small things when they pop up-- as long as I take care of them well.  Some things can't be helped, of course-- sometimes the roof simply has to be replaced-- but for the most part we can make our lives much easier in the long run by taking care of small tasks in the short run.  If we don't let things build up into huge jobs, then those huge jobs just never become necessary.

I also like to do small jobs well because I like to take pride in the work that I do-- even the small and seemingly insignificant tasks.  I worked part-time as a handyman at a residence hall for several years, and when I left the place was in much better shape than it had been when I started.  And that was mostly because of the many small jobs that I had done over the years, and the fact that I did my best to do them all well.  I didn't want people to notice how bad of shape the building was in while I was working there, because I wanted to take pride in my work-- no matter how small the jobs seemed to be.

Questions to consider:

Do you take pride in all the jobs that you do?  Which ones do you do with a bit less effort?

Why do some people not put their best into the work that they do?  What are some of the results of their lack of effort?

What are some problems that can arise when we do jobs that are only half-way decent instead of very good?

For further thought:

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.  Autograph your work with excellence.

unattributed

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