My husband and I have begun the task of refurbishing our home. Today I scrubbed, I mean REALLY SCRUBBED our 20-year-old shower. Seemed like a waste of time, because we will soon have it removed, but I just had to do it. What a disgusting job. By the time I was done I really did not want to go near that shower again. I was worried that I had aerosolized some bacteria and fungus. So I got out my handy diffuser and added 8 drops of Thieves essential oil (by Young Living) and let it run for 15 minutes. The whole bathroom felt refreshed and cleansed, and I had some peace of mind. There is some sound research about the antimicrobial effect of Thieves essential oil, but to tell the truth, I am happy if it was just the placebo effect. My mind tells me the bathroom is clean and safe, and that belief is supported by the Thieves aroma, so it must be true. It is nice to have something on hand to use for things like this.
I visited a college campus yesterday and asked some faculty members, “What’s it like to work here?” One nursing instructor said, “I love to come here every day. It’s like getting paid to eat cake.” I have never heard that term before. It’s a metaphor for loving your job.
Now that the New Year has arrived, perhaps it would be a good time to reassess our job satisfaction. Do you feel your job is like “getting paid to eat cake?” Why? Why not? What changes would make your job more enjoyable? Notice how you answer that question. Are you pointing fingers at others who can improve your job satisfaction? I’m thinking only I can affect my job satisfaction. I can’t change other people. So here’s a New Year challenge: Choose one thing you can do NOW to make your job get closer to feeling like getting paid to eat cake. Then keep making small changes until you love your job. Or find another job that is tastier. Good luck!