It’s Really Not About You!

by Kathy Sykes on June 17, 2009 · 1 comment

I had a discussion today with one of my co-workers about why people are so stressed out and drama-filled at work.  Why does it seem like everyone is wound so tight about things?

I have come to the conclusion that we, as people in general, think everything is about US when it is NOT!  We think that conversations at work are about us, we think that certain decisions were made because of us, we think that work won’t get done if “we” don’t do it.

But really when we look at the big picture and stop magnifying ourselves, everyone works FOR someone else.  My job as a pharmacist is to work FOR the patients.  My only concern when I walk in that door is to be provide the best service FOR the patients.  My eight hours should be devoted to the patient and not ME!!  After the eight hours is up, then I can cry and whine all I want. 

This is the “mind change” that I have adopted since the beginning of the year.  Not that I was a drama queen in the least, but it is easy to get caught up in other people’s drama too and that can take your focus off of what you are there to do.

We have to take the focus off of ourselves and really begin to strive to do for others. No matter if you own your own business, you still work FOR someone else. You still have a product or service that is for someone.  And without that “someone”, you would have no business. God wants us to work for the benefit of others, not ourselves.  We will receive blessings as a result of being vigilant and faithful to his Word.

This same concept can apply in our daily life.  Most of our decisions are based on our emotions. How we “feel” at the time.  This can be a dangerous way to conduct our lives.  Feelings and emotions change in the blinking of an eye.  Many jobs have been lost or marriages/friendships ended based on raw emotions. 

This world is not about us BUT about what are we fulfilling in this life? Is it in line with what the Lord wants us to do? Or are we marching to the beat of our own drum?

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Nanette Hartley June 18, 2009 at 12:56 am

Embracing the attitude of a servant takes time and endurance. At least it did for me. When I learned that my self-centered attitude was holding me back, my life changed for the better. The greatest opportunities in life many times reveal themselves in the service I give to others. I learn more, experience more meaningful interactions, and become more sensitive. I agree with you that “it’s not about me.” Great people are usually great servants to others. Great servants give to others and do it with a great attitiue. God says that “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” So let’s make room for others to have a bad day and encourage them along the way.

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