I embedded a short video I uploaded to my YouTube channel below. The clip captures a few seconds of a hail and rain storm which swept Santa Fe, New Mexico at about 2:30pm today. The extreme weather has been wacky all day and now there are flood warnings for the night.
When I saw rivers of water rolling down the streets, the first thing that popped into my head was the building where I work because we have important records there. This concern comes from years of loyalty to my agency and respect for the importance of all records.
Tonight, I continued trucking along on my studies for the first CRM exam. While I was reading, this paragraph captured my interest. It is about being a professional. It has taken me many years and dedication to get where I am today. I don’t just have a job. I don’t just pay the bills. I make a difference and so do the people I work with.
A little under two decades ago, I had worked so many different jobs. They were just jobs. I will not knock any of them because each one of them helped make me the woman I am today. I learned people skills along the way and that has helped me. It is no joke when I say I have done it all.
Why is any of this important to me? How do extreme weather, my evening studies, my old jobs, my career, and my thoughts intersect? Well today I was worried about the Archives and Records Center because I care. I took the time to thank God for leading me to a meaningful profession.
The last thing I ever wanted was to get stuck in a job. I never wanted to get stuck not caring…to get stuck sacking groceries or working the floor in some food dive serving french fries. If I had to do that to pay the bills, I would. But…until God takes my drive away…until my heart stops beating…I will own my career.
Until the day my heart stops, I will respect having the opportunity to make a real difference. I will care about things with intrinsic value. I will remain a driven professional who leaves her office to get a hamburger at the local food dive after a long day of meaningful work. (Ommmm…no…everything except for the second piece of that last sentence! Haha)