At the close of the Labor Day weekend, we wish to celebrate Labor Day Every Day in Fire Safety, with a re-post of an internal article to our team.
Yesterday I heard something that made me take pause for a moment and it applied to so much more than Labor Day I wanted to share it with you.Martin Luther King said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Every job that is done serves a greater purpose. Every day people ask or pray for something, call it karma, luck or blessings. Now realize that sometimes you are that thing, that blessing, that difference. Do we just exchange filters, service fire systems, clean grease off metal? Do we just schedule a service or collect an invoice? Are we just leading people without a direction or purpose? No, we keep places fire safe. And that fire safety is helping protect someone’s dream, their business, the jobs of the many people that work there, their families and the vendors that count on those businesses and their families and the places they shop and their families, the communities all these people live in – and the trickle down effect can go on and on. Not only do we have impact in the work we do, but think of your time at work and when personally, you’ve had a bad day, or are going through something, don’t you coworkers have the most impact on how the rest of your day goes?All work matters. No matter what the work. All work matters. Consider your impact. Consider how you impact the people around you. It isn’t our situations that matter, it is our response to situations that matter. So respond in a way that makes you proud.Today, I look at our great company, that has come so far in the past few years and has been reliant on our teams and leadership to help propel us to where we are. Through all the challenges we responded by rising up, by pulling together, by working as a single unit pushing in the same direction toward a common goal. Not every business does that and when people aren’t pulling in the same direction, we know the obvious outcome is that you are torn apart from within. I am proud of the work we do. I hope you will make it a point to share with your teams and grow them to also be proud of the work they do.Happy Labor Day!