“Time to make the donuts.” These words were uttered by the Dunkin Donuts spokesman, Fred the baker for sixteen years. Their commercials showed Fred getting out of bed early each morning and as he was leaving for work he would say this famous catchphrase. I used to say this when it was time for me to go to work as well, and I think for a while my kids thought I worked in a donut shop as well as the shoe store.
Going to work and doing the same thing day in and day out can be monotonous to say the least. In a conversation at a graduation party the other night, I was talking with the grandfather of the girl we were celebrating, and he told me in August, it would be his thirtieth year employed by the company he worked for. He said, “Last week, I was driving to work, like I’ve done five days a week for the past thirty years, and as I pulled in the parking lot, I thought, ‘how did I get here’?” He said he felt like he was on autopilot; he remembered leaving his house, but nothing else.
Have you ever felt like this? I call it being part of the working dead. You’re moving through your work life like a zombie with no real sense of direction or purpose. You clock in, do your job and collect your pay check. But before you know it, thirty years have passed and what do you have to show for it, a gold watch? Do they even give out watches at retirement any more?
I understand as men we have to provide for our family; this should be one of our primary goals in life. But this doesn’t mean we have to trudge through each day without a little zest in our lives too. You need to be looking for little things which can bring joy to your work life and revel in them. It would be awesome to get on a cruise ship any time I want, but this isn’t realistic. However laughing hysterically when a co-worker hooks a fake snake to another guy who is scared of them can make your day.
I guess to bottom line it for you; you’ve got to find things to help you make it through the monotony of your work life. Planning big events in life are great and you should, but don’t spend time only waiting for those big events and miss out on the little opportunities to find some joy every day. Don’t stay a part of the work place living dead, come to life while doing your job. After all, it’s the little things which make life worth living.