I have enjoyed Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs for a number of years. After the show I lost track of him, but two things brought him back to my attention. First a friend of my daughter got a scholarship through his foundation and second an interview of his was on the Reason YouTube channel.
During the interview he mentioned the sweat pledge so I had to look it up. I was very surprised at how it closely fit with my world view and really is helping to bring in focus the mission statement I have been puzzling over myself while going through the 7 Habits from Steven Covey.
There are twelve tenets so to speak, so I was going through them one at at a time to make them personal and I figured I would post them as well. At the end I might throw out my finished “mission statement” as an accountability thing as well as a way to easily periodically review. Surprisingly, I will start with the first one.
1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.
I love this because it starts with the baseline for everyone, you are alive. Regardless of anything else it recognizes that you are here and attempting to understand this thing we call life. This is great because it reinforces that “hey you are here”, so what are you going to do with that opportunity.
Geography aside, that last sentence is harder to digest. Like anything in my life, I get used to things as they are and even the most amazing things become mundane when they are there every day. Being grateful is difficult and is normally brought back into focus only when something unusual happens, usually a tragedy of some sort. I want to recognize that I have so much to be grateful for and give a voice to that even if something doesn’t kick down the blinders. It does not mean I have not worked for what I have but that I show appreciation for what and who are around me.
[Update 10/04/2014: Added all the parts here to make it easier to follow.]