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Why "why" Is Important

I was reminded today of an article I read years ago, about the health benefits (physical and emotional) of giving. A quick Google search turned it up and I'd like to share it with you.

Doing Good, And Feeling Better By John Stossel and Sylvia Johnson

This time of year is always called "the season of giving," and it does seem to come easily around the holidays, for some reason. Maybe it’s all the reminders.

My favorite days at any time of year are the days when I can remain connected to the “WHY” in what I do, rather than the constant demands of business that pull me back to the "what" of my job. For me, the “why” of what I do is simply this: to help.

I talk all the time about the different meaning of “mission” in military and civilian cultures. One illustration of the difference and something that I’ve always admired is that most members of the military have a crystal clear understanding about why they do what they do. It’s to be of service. “Service member” is more than a label. Being in the service and being of service are one and the same for them. It’s a big part of why they have earned the right to feel proud of their everyday work. Wouldn’t it be nice if we civilians had a constant reminder of why we do the work we do and further, to have cause to be proud of it?

As we go into this holiday season, I invite you to ask yourself: why do you do the work you do? Is that reason a source of pride for you, personally? How does your work serve others or the greater good of the universe? If it doesn’t, how can you add meaning to your work life by connecting your activities with a larger purpose?

As for myself, I shall go into this Thanksgiving week with full awareness that I am in business to help transitioning Veterans. I am sincerely proud of the work I’ve chosen, and I am grateful to those I serve for the manner in which they have served our country.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Emily