Monday, November 7, 2011
Passionate About Your Work?
How many of you “zone out” while the flight attendant gives safety instructions? I admit, it’s my usual practice. As soon at the attendant says, “put your mask on first, and then proceed to put on the child’s mask” I start thinking to myself blah blah blah.
But last week – for the first time in a long time – I actually paid attention.
No, it wasn’t by choice. It wasn’t because I have good judgment. Let’s just say the flight attendant – a hyped up, bald man in his mid-50’s –MADE me and everyone else on the plane pay attention.
Here’s how he did it.
“Excuse me, Miss, eyes on me! Sir, I’m going to need you to put your paper down. You in the blue jacket, can you please stop talking to your neighbor?”
I almost laughed out loud. And I could hear snickers throughout the plane. Who did this guy think he was, and why was he so anal about routine flight instructions?
He went on:
“I run a safe flight. Period. There are some simple safety tips you need to know if we have to use them. Look, I know some of you never pay attention to this stuff, but today you’re on my watch. Today, your safety is my responsibility.”
The snickering stopped. The plane became silent. (Yes, even the babies stopped whining for a few minutes.)
His passion was obvious. His tone was one of concern. And he had a captive audience.
This guy actually cares about his job. He cares about us. And if I ever get stuck in an emergency, I want him leading the way!
For the next five minutes, I learned more about flight safety than I’ve learned in every prior flight – combined! And he didn’t stop at safety. He went on to check on passenger comfort and even injected some light humor.
“Is the temperature ok for you? Too hot or too cold? Does anyone need a bottled water before takeoff? Everyone know how to work the reading lights? For those of you who want to sleep, just let me know and I’ll be happy to wake you up when we arrive at our destination. At no extra charge!”
The flight took off without a hitch, and he proceeded to work about his duties with little fanfare. I continued to watch him carefully. He wasn’t intrusive or overbearing, just pleasant and diligent.
After the flight, I couldn’t help myself. I had to ask him. “Sir, I couldn’t help but noticing. Are you always this passionate about your work?”
He gave me a big smile and replied, “Attitude is EVERYTHING!”
The Apostle Paul describes it like this:
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. (Col 3:23-24)
I wonder, what would our daily work look like – I mean really look like – if we were passionate about our work?