Work That Matters

Good Monday morning. Two days until Fall. Time flies, doesn’t it? In the end, if we’re lucky, we get to take a look back at our lives and ask, “Was I going through the motions or did I passionately do work that matters?” My college friend, Skip Gaskill, has this to say:

Hey Jeff, its been a while.

I spent last week with some very special people helping them formulate “their” plans as they transition from Active Duty back to the civilian world.

I volunteer with a veteren’s transition group that helps our wounded warriors develop life goals and action plans to achieve them.

These young men and women were battered and broken both physically and mentally (paralysis, amputees, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress, loss of sight, hearing, or both, etc.) and still have the desire, courage, fortitude, and determination to overcome these setbacks and the demons that have developed in dealing with them.

My point here is that there are many people in this world who need help setting goals and developing action plans. Many of us have done this for ourselves to varying degrees of success.

I’m asking all of us to consider mentoring someone else (vets, youth, down & out, etc.) do the same…

I can’t sufficiently articulate the emotions you go through when you see someone you guided achieve success especially when they thought they had 0% chance of doing so.

We will all be better off in the long run.

Semper Fi, Skip

Ok, back to my words…

I don’t know about you, but my bar for today’s work has just been raised. Thank you Skip for sharing a private piece of yourself that we didn’t know before.

Paying it back, or paying it forward, we will likely never do enough giving to repay all the recieving we did and will continue to do. Keep on paying anyway. It’s good for your soul.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.