Sometimes the most inspiration you receive comes from areas you wouldn’t expect it to, so I was surprised when I received some inspiration from a book I had to read for work.
In a nutshell the book is about mutual respect in the workplace, and how having respect for yourself and for others will not only make work more bearable but will increase productivity and satisfaction from patients and customers.
I would also like to define respect as I see it, I don’t see respect as admiration for something someone else accomplishes, I see respect as treating others the way you would want to be treated. If you don’t like people looking down on you don’t look down on others.
As I was reading this book I began to realize how something as small as doing your job to the best of your ability shows how much you care. If you came to my shop and I did everything I could to help you or get you what you wanted you would know that I care about you.
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically
I began to understand that helping others feel better is as simple as doing the best you can in whatever you are doing. When I do the best I can at laundry, or cooking, or cleaning, my family will know that I care about their well-being. This extends to every area of your life, your family, you job, and to your gardens.
I am not perfect at this and I need a lot of work myself, but if we really understood the meaning behind do your best then maybe we would take it more seriously and stop this trend of uncaring, unloving attitudes.
“An ecology of feeling leads us to a new ecological ethics that declares we should conserve nature not only because it is useful or because its complexity has an intrinsic value. We should protect other beings because we love them. We love them because we are a part of them, and even more, because they are part of us.” ~Spiritual Ecology