I often hear term "....have life." It is meaningful things happening and it usually happens outside of work. It is fun and meaningful. Last couple of years I was thinking, my work is part of having life. I am not thinking of work itself. It's the people that I work with.
As I go to different location every day I work with different staff. They come from different walks of life. Some are from middle class with middle class value. Others are from hand to mouth life earning just enough for that day or that week. Some from life of abuse to life of leisure, all have some how found themselves here with me. Of course I go from one town to another daily. Each day as I work and talk with them I try to enter their lives, to understand as they do. I have learned to love so many of the technicians that I work with. Their age and back ground is as diverse as east is to west.
Yesterday I was at a store. Emily came in to store to be with me. It was her day off. She said it was more meaningful to spend time with me, helping me at my work than to stay at home (her husband has passed away). Often I encounter different techs watching out for me or taking care of me and I know that is coming from their love for me.
As I was driving home, I was thinking, I hope to work a long time. Maybe into my seventies and eighties. If I was at home doing what other women in their fifties do, I probably would not be as satisfied. I have life and this life includes my job which includes learning to love others and accepting their love for me.