A Job Well Done
Friday, July 11, 2014
I just finished reading an article called Finding Meaning in a Job Well Done. It was excellent. My husband and I are blessed with ten grandchildren. We reared five children who are happy healthy working adults, good productive citizens and fun people to enjoy. We have two sons who are in their 30s and 40s now. All of our children took dancing when they were young. We took them to lessons, all kinds of lessons, and recitals, and meets, and meetings. When the boys were in high school people would ask them about their activities and sports. They both played soccer. Out older son was a high school wrestler. Our younger son played ice hockey in college. When they were in dancing and someone would ask about exercise our older son would respond by saying, "I lift women!" People seemed to enjoy that answer, with good reason.
Our boys had three sisters, and they needed to learn how to get along in life with their sisters and with everyone else. They learned quickly that competition was fun and that cooperation played an important part in competition. They learned patience and understanding. They learned the need for practice and how to perform well under pressure. They learned to be strong physically and mentally. One night during a production number a girl fell from a height and was in distress. Our older son was in the performance and observed the fall. He carefully scooped her up and swept her quickly offstage so she could be examined and treated. He quickly returned to the stage because the show must go on.
Both of our boys have benefitted from dancing. They have interesting work in architecture and in design, in manufacturing and installing museum exhibits, places where people can live, work, and learn. They learned early on what they needed to know to be successful and to enjoy what they do. Their sisters have also done well. One is in law, one teaches rhythms, and enjoys working in music, and one teaches children who have special needs. With their spouses they are all rearing our grandchildren. They have all been able to find meaning in a job well done, and so have we.