“Life is what you make of it – always has been, always will be. There will always be challenges. It is what we do with them that counts. I have written my life in small sketches.” The previous quote from famous New England painter Grandma Moses (1860-1961) has some real truth and a challenge for the safety professionals of our era. As I look back over a “career” that includes some 20 organizations, there are many sketches; certainly not all are success stories. When I talk to others who have stayed with one organization for their “real career,” they too have familiar ups and downs.
If we add family realities, volunteer work and off the job experiences to the work environment, there are an infinite number of sketches that help weave together the real “who” we end up being. Few I talk to are settled into the grand success plan they dreamed they would have; are you?
We still have some sketches left to paint. As a safety pro, and even more so as a person, how can we make these final sketches clear, long lasting and satisfying to the others we interact with on and off the job? Ongoing employment or retirement can have meaningful value to you and those with whom you interact. What is needed from us is to focus on delivering a meaningful, personal sketch in what we are doing in our current stage of life.