Comment for the Week of July 29, 2013…

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It’s not the work for which I get paid, but it is my job.

That phrase came to mind the other day when I was walking across the parking lot at one of my hospitals.  The wind blew an empty drink can across my path.  It certainly would have been easy enough to let the wind keep moving the can until it was out of sight, but I picked up the can instead.  And that’s when the phrase struck me.

While carrying the can to the trash bin near the hospital’s front door, I thought even more on it: It’s not the work for which I get paid, but it is my job.  In a much broader sense, that idea can be applied to so many situations beckoning action.  There are those who need help in a variety of ways, everything from simple consolation in times of crisis to the hungry who need help getting a meal.  That compassion is not the work for which I get paid, but it is my job.

It’s not the work for which I get paid, but it is my job.  I’ll be thinking about that a lot more.  What about you?

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