Nov16MonNovember 16, 2015
Relationships and interactions with friends are the various threads that weave through our lives. They create the beautiful tapestry that is our life story.
What about out professional lives? Arguably we spend at least equal amounts of time at the office and at home.
How do we work on relationships at the office, where we can foster love and bring joy to everyone around us, while at work?
How do we bring love into the office? Do we even want to bring love into the office? Why is it more scary to show love at the office than at home?
What can happen if we risk and serve from the heart and pour ourselves out for a client or patient?
Lots of things can happen:
1. Our intentions get misinterpreted. Caring and loving on people in business is not the norm. People will wonder what's the catch?
2. Fear of rejection and losing in love. The volume of opportunities to love on people is large in business. We may interact with hundreds of people every day. Therefore, there is a large volume of opportunity for rejection, and rejection hurts. It's a small dose of losing in love over and over again.
3. Fear of financial loss. This is your livelihood. This is where you go to earn a living, put a roof over your head, and feed the family. Rejection here can hurt the bottom line.
But it's also possible that...
4. EXCEEDING JOY CAN HAPPEN, if you can break through the fear and handle the rejection!
Serving in God's love at the office gives you the opportunity to give and receive love all day long.
This sounds a little too good to be true but it really does happen! You can create a community within your work life with the people that you work with and those you serve everyday that is rooted in God's love.
I have spent the last 30 years in practice with one main guiding principle:
Love on God's people by providing chiropractic care to EVERYONE who needs and wants it regardless of their ability to pay.
This principle is anchored in love and it nurtures relationships. It makes practice all about the people.
This principle has sustained me in practice for 30 years and brings passion to continue to serve for decades to come. As I make plans on how to continue to serve for the next 30 years, most of my similarly aged colleagues are seriously looking for a "freedom 55" exit strategy.
Work life is not about working for 30 years and then getting out.
It's about PURPOSE, RESILIENCE, and JOY.
It's about using your strengths in the service of others.
It's about being willing to risk in serving others regardless of the outcomes.
It's about cultivating joy at work through relationships in love.
It certainly is not always easy! Risking in love can be painful.
Some of these patients that I have served over the years have become part of my practice community and are lifelong practice members.
Others have been tough to love, and these are the ones that make you want to retreat and stop serving from the heart.
But then there is the constant reminder that I cannot out-give God and, regardless of outcome, it feels really good to risk in serving others.
One of the most common questions I get about practice is how many scholarships should I take on? How many people should I serve who cannot afford my full fee?
The answer is: as many as you possibly can! You cannot out-give God!
He will send the ones that can pay if you take care of the ones who can't.
This way of practice may not translate into every business. If you run a retail business for example you are not going to let people walk out of your store without paying for the merchandise. However there is always a way to love on your clients and build joy at work. You can also find ways to use your profits to pour love into your community.
Look for ways to love at work.