February 10

Cathedral Building

Recently I read an article on job satisfaction that has stuck with me. The story was told by Michael G. Pratt, PhD, a professor of management and organization at Boston College. He recounted the tale of three bricklayers. When asked what they’re doing, the first bricklayer replies, “I’m putting one brick on top of another.” The second responds, “I’m making six pence an hour.” And the third answers, “I’m building a cathedral — a house of God.” “All of them have created meaning out of what they’ve done, but the last person could say what he’s done is meaningful,” Pratt says. “Meaningfulness is about the why, not just about what.” I’m starting the workday to hoping to find some meaning in whatever challenges come my way.