35 members of our team participated in a volunteer day yesterday. We spent the day weeding, cutting, seeding, planting, scraping and painting for a non-profit organization that works with children with social and learning challenges while providing care for animals and nature.
If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen a number of posts on the importance of doing what you love. The staff at this organization who was guiding our team through various lawn, gardening and fence painting projects was all-in. You could feel their commitment. You could feel their love for the children, the gardens, the animals and their work. Inspiring? Over-the-top. Good people? Crazy Good. And yet more Good…
It was good to get out of the office.
It was good to get out of the same-day-after-day-after-day routine and establish a new calming rhythm digging, cutting, pruning or planting.
It was good to clean the mind and the soul of the work noise, the mental clanking of revenue pressure and the crush of pending deliverables – - with some good ol’ fashion physical labor.
It was good to learn more about team members and their families away from the rush-rush in the office. Team members who are feet away – - that you somehow never get a chance to do more than rush by and say hello on your way to the next meeting.
I’m sure it was good for the team to see that their managers are human and are not the tunnel vision focused robots that they see from 8 to 6pm.
It was sooooo good to get home and get into a hot shower and let the water run and run and run some more over my aching muscles.
It hurt to get out of bed this morning (it really hurt) – but you know the feeling – it was a good hurt – a good hurt for your muscles to throb and ache in parts of your body that have long gone unused.
It was good to spend a few hours of a single day to be reminded of really good things.