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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.’
When I moved to Calgary in 1990, I accepted a housekeeping job at a hospital.
I was so embarrassed by this job, when people asked what I did, I said I was an environmental engineer, which is what they called my position, and then quickly changed the subject before they could ask what that was.
I hated working there, so I cut corners and consistently scored low when my employer did surprise quality control checks.
But I started to feel guilty. So I decided to be grateful that I had a job, many did not, and I cleaned each room as if the next patient was Jesus.
A funny thing happened.
I began to take pride in my work.
I did little extras for patients.
I consistently scored 100% when my employer did surprise quality control checks.
~ DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES ~