Read and interesting blog today here (scroll down to the part about graduation speakers). Got me thinking about how I look at the world.
Most of my life I have been pretty oblivious to things going on around me. If the world was bad, I just kept plugging along. When things were great, I was mostly the same. Can't say I've been extremely depressed and there aren't many recollections of super exciting times (except when I got married).
But I have noticed that my work has had a big influence on how I feel about life in general.
When I worked in the communications business I was fairly successful and moved up to higher positions of responsibility. Yet, no matter how much money I made or how many people worked for me there was something missing.
There were lots of job changes and sometimes I even tried different careers (my family remembers the "year without a Dad") but nothing really felt satisfying.
Now I'm making lots less money and working harder than I ever did at any other job but I love going to work. And I feel like there is something beneficial in what I do.
Setting out to be a businessman was nice. Ending up being a seminary teacher is even nicer. I think I can look at my life and say....
...if a bus hit me today and I was called to go Home, I'm OK with that. I would miss my family and friends but they will be around again. My time here has been good and ..... I'm OK.
Thanks for listening.