This past weekend I had a real treat by spending it in Amish Country in Ohio. It gives a whole new perspective on life because this culture chooses to live life differently than the vast majority of us !!
This post isn’t a commentary on the Amish, but it is an observation. As I watched the buggies passing me by and sampling way too much amazing cheese, I noticed a sense of contentment that I don’t see in many people. These good folks lives are not only are based on their faith, but also on what they choose what to fill their lives with. The brash realities of a world that exists in a completely opposite realm faces them every day, and yet they continue to live their lives with pride.
As an HR practitioner, much of my day is surrounded by people – and I dig that !! One of the true challenges I run into is how to respond to people who consistently seem frustrated with almost all aspects of their work and the people they work with. The more I listen, and sometimes pry, I notice a pattern. Much of their frustration is based on the sense that they’re “too busy” and “no one understands.”
When I step back from these conversations I try to look and see what is making them “busy.” All of us are full. No one says they have extra time on their hands – quite the contrary. But, what are we filled with? Are the things that consume our daily lives productive, or not? It’s not hard to fill your day with “stuff,” or to focus on the areas you’re most comfortable. It’s human nature.
But, what if we sat down and made a list (paper or electronic) of what our day consists of? Would we like what we see? Do we like what we fill our lives at work with? Too often I hear people churn on what isn’t happening, or what’s not being done. There’s validity in that, but the approach isn’t constructive. Making strides forward with intent with what you have available (culture, resources, staff, etc.) is much healthier.
It reminds me of the good people I was with this weekend. Maybe we would all benefit if we were a little more “full” like the Amish. What do you think?