Good Morning, God!
After dinner, Kit has been walking with me around our block. I tell him it is to help with my “weight loss” and it is. But, I can’t help remembering the study that showed that a daily walk with your spouse or a friend will do more to make you happy than a big increase in your income.
I’m smiling, God! Given our ability to OVERSPEND, the benefit from an increase in income would soon disappear. Still, I take the point. We are social beings. We need each other.
I am convinced that women — especially — are designed to work together.
Yesterday the library committee met and worked in informal “teams” to process books. One team matched call numbers and put them on. Another put on barcodes and wrote the number on the control card. And another team checked for property stamps and added the plastic jackets. Each person had only a small part, but they all shared in the common goal of getting books into the library for the community to read.
They were doing Meaningful work, God. Then last night as I was reading a few pages of the Upside of Irrationality I stumbled on a section on how important it is for workers to derive satisfaction from their work. Part of that satisfaction comes from understanding the purpose and meaning of what they do. Another part is about having a sense of “contributing” to the work. The author, Dan Ariely, talks about the IKEA effect — the satisfaction of building something ourselves.
One more thought, God. When we walk together or work together — we are often talking together. We are sharing a common experience. But even more importantly, we are sharing ourselves. We need more of that sharing, God!