Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Do it with reverence

Wandered back over to, an interesting blog with all sorts of nifty little tidbits now and then. While perusing back to the last time I'd popped by, I found this:

That's what I'm all about. I have this work ethic that requires me, from the inside, to do what I do well. To do it with, as the fellow in the anecdote said, with reverence. It's like the Zen thing of being present while you are doing whatever. Chop wood. Carry water.

When an employer can recognize this and lead me to believe that what I'm doing is worthy of my reverence, they will get phenomenal productivity out of me. When they fail to respect my work, however, I lose my ability to do the work with reverence and productivity slides.

Things about my current job that fail to respect my work:
  • An attendance policy that treats me like I'm trying to cheat or am a 6-year-old.
  • A lack of follow-through on my good ideas.
  • A lack of encouragement and assistance to move into a better job.
  • Pointless busywork to fill idle times.
  • Mixed messages about quality and timeliness.
I'm not perfect at this on my own either. Things I do that fail to respect the writing I want to do:
  • Computer games.
  • Pointless television (particularly movies I know will be bad but can't help watching).
  • Not writing.
So I'll work on doing things to respect myself and the things I want to accomplish.

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