My 16-year old daughter Julia and I were at the grocery store. At one point, she stopped to smell a bag of marshmallows and began to tell me how awesome it smelled. Meanwhile, I was thinking about what to get next on my shopping list.
“Smell it Daddy.”
I grabbed what I needed from the shelf and, before I walked away, I humored her. I picked up a bag of marshmallow and breathed in. As I began to delight in that sweet, nostalgic aroma of campfires and fun, Julia profoundly captured the moment,
“Doesn’t that just smell like childhood?”
And to think, I almost walked by without smelling the marshmallows because I was task-focused and not moment-focused. Live, at least some, in-the-moment.
More important than any project we complete at work are the relationships we build along the way. At some point, I realized I was not only working with my colleagues, not only mentoring the team, not only serving our customers, not only collaborating with partners and suppliers, but that fundamentally (and philosophically), we were all doing life together. More with some than others, but en masse, we are all collectively intertwined and marching through time together as a generational segment of the life-parade.
To acknowledge this, is to smell the marshmallows at work.
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