My daughter is three and it’s holiday season. The vicarious opportunities for joy abound for the parent who has the time to appreciate them. Everything Christmas has gotten my daughter’s attention and excitement. For instance, Christmas lights. She calls them by their Spanish name: “Luzacitas.” It is so endearing to hear her shout from the back of my car as we’re driving through residential areas, “Daddy, look at the luzacitas.”
Like all things, it’s all too easy to lose the appreciation and fascination once the newness and freshness is lost. What a great way to be reminded that there is a world of wonder available to all who are sensible and sensitive enough to see life abundantly.
Jobs do parallel this pattern. When you are in a position that is optimally challenging, allowing you to maximize your strengths, and minimize your weaknesses, you are able to maintain a fresh and exciting perspecitve. But when you are in a job that is no longer challenging in this way, or becomes too routine or even boring, you soon forget what brought you there. This is the time to reevaluate your goals, and perhaps to move to a place where your perspective is back to the excitement and wonder of truly meaningful work.