Lets Serve....not work....


One evening a scholar was addressing the participants on the 


concept of work culture. One of the participants asked the


following question :




"I am a manager of Materials Department and I joined an


organization 10 years ago as an Engineer Trainee and over


the last 10 years I have gone through every experience in


the organization. During the initial part of my career, the job


was very challenging and interesting.



But all those exciting days are gone since I do not find


 my joy any more interesting because there is nothing


new in my job. I am now feeling bored because I am


doing a routine job.




However, Sir, I was comparing my life to my mother's and


mine should actually be more satisfying than hers but she


seems more satisfied with her life than I am. I see that my


mother has been doing the same boring job of looking after


the family day in and day out, and that too with a smile on


her face.




She cooks, cleans, waits for everyone in the family, looks


after our routine and though we rarely thank 


or appreciate her, doesn’t seem to get bored or tired.


The response from Scholar was very interesting and


convincing. He asked the executive the question:

Office worker job graphics

"Please tell me for whom does your Mother do all this?"



The executive replied that obviously the mother does all


that she does for the family i.e. others.



Then the Scholar said, "Your mother 'Serves' others


and because of this service mindedness, she does not


feel 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. Whenever you put a larger context around your


work and see a broader meaning for your work, you will


take interest in your work and it will make a very big


difference in your internal energy." He asked the executive


to consider his work as service and not merely a work.



Well, I know that life is more complicated than this


simplistic story, but the point is clear.