We ALL Matter!
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Along with my consulting business, I also have a couple “side hustle” jobs. One of those jobs is working for a grocery delivery service. I like it for the exercise and because I like serving people that need the help.
A few weeks ago, I was making my final delivery of the evening. The order consisted of a lot of things you’d need for a baby, including a box of diapers. There was also a really nice bottle of wine on the order. I figured that this must have been an order for a mom and/or dad that just had a really rough day with their little one. Boy, was I wrong!
When I arrived at the house, I was greeted by a man who thanked me for making a delivery at that late hour. His wife was sitting on the couch watching a movie. In the middle of the floor was a bassinette with a tiny baby sleeping in it. I asked how old the child was and they told me that he was just born. He was their first child, and this was their first day home as a new family. The wife was looking forward to enjoying a nice glass of wine after not having any during her pregnancy! As I left the house, I was reminded that this little side hustle job pays me more than just money. The real benefit is serving those that need a little help and it feels great!
When I got into my car, I had an epiphany. Oddly enough, I thought about the box of diapers. I thought about how many people had to “get it right” for that box of diapers to successfully make it to that family’s home. The partial list that ran through my head included:
· The provider of the raw materials for the diapers
· The people that work in the plant that produced and boxed them
· The grocery chain that correctly ordered and distributed them to the store
· The store personnel that correctly stocked them on the shelf
· The people that wrote the app that allowed the family to order and me to properly select them
· The people that manufactured my car that worked properly as I drove to the family’s home
· Refinery workers that produced the fuel that makes my car run
· Road construction crews that provided me with a safe route to drive on
· Etc., etc., etc.
As I thought about all of this (and after my head exploded), it occurred to me that everyone that works or volunteers produces a good or service that somebody else uses to produce a good or service for another, and so on.
This brings up the point of this column. What you do matters! And because it matters, take pride in what you do and make sure you do your best to be excellent! If any of the people listed above didn’t do their job right, that new family would not have been provided with the service they needed and deserved. I realized that night how much we truly depend on one another. Take that to heart when you do what you do every day!