Friday, March 6, 2009

Serve - Don't Work

Serve - Don't Work




Attitude of Life

One evening a Swami of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt was addressing the participants on the concept of work culture.

One of the participants asked the following question to the Swami:
I am a senior manager of Materials Department and I joined an organization 25 years ago as an Engineer Trainee and over the last 25 years I have gone through every experience in the organization and I am now the senior manager looking after the material function independently.
During the initial part of my career, the job was very challenging and interesting. Every day was exciting and I looked forward to each day with lot of interest. However, all those exciting days are gone since I do not find my job any more interesting because there is nothing new in my job. As I have seen and handled every conceivable situation, there are no more challenges in my work. I am now feeling bored because I am doing a routine job.
However, Swami, I am living in the same house for over forty years, and I being with the same family for many years neither am I bored nor the zeal has been lost in me.....Why is this?

This was a very interesting question and all were very anxious and curious to know what the Swami had to say. The response from him was very interesting and convincing.

He asked the executive the question: Please tell me for whom does your Mother cook? The executive replied that obviously the mother cooks for others. Then the Swami said that the mother 'Serves' others and because of this service mindedness, she is not feeling tired or bored. But in an office, we 'Work' and not 'Serve'. Anything we consider, as service will not make us feel bored. That is difference between Serving and Working.

He asked the executive to consider his work as service and not merely a work; this was a very interesting analysis...
Whenever you put a larger context around your work and see a broader meaning for your work, you will take interest in your work. An awareness of larger purpose of your job and an appreciation of its importance will make a very big difference in your internal energy. You should believe that you are here for a purpose and should believe in the spiritual context of your role.

Many times what is unanswered by scientists are answered by spiritual force. Again, your attitude is the magic that can make you enjoy every moment in life.

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