January 10, 2016
Working for a Bigger Purpose
by Jon Gordon
What if work wasn’t just work? What if work was a vehicle to live and share a bigger purpose?
I believe there’s flawed perception in our society that in order to live a life of purpose we have to leave our jobs and go solve world hunger, feed the homeless, move to Africa or start a charity. While these are all noble causes and many are called to do these very things, for many of us our bigger purpose can be found in the here and now, in the jobs we have, right under our noses. And when we find and live this purpose it will provide the ultimate fuel for a meaningful life.
You may not build libraries around the world but you can find the bigger purpose in reading to your children. You may not feed the homeless every day but you can nourish your employees and customers with a smile, kind word and care. And while you may not start your own non-profit organization you can begin a charity initiative at work. After all, “charity” means “love in action.” You can make a difference every day and touch the lives of everyone you meet.
While these people may not be starving because of a lack of food, you can provide them with a different kind of nourishment that will feed their souls and feed your own in the process.
- I heard of a janitor who worked at NASA and even though he was sweeping floors he felt his bigger purpose was contributing to put a man on the moon.
- I met a bus driver who knows his purpose is to help kids stay off drugs.
- I met an administrative assistant who has become the Chief Energy Officer of her company.
- I received an email from a man in the mortgage business who sees his job as a way to help couples save their marriages by keeping their homes.
- I know a Popeye’s Chicken employee named Edith in the Atlanta Airport who makes thousands of air traveler’s smile each day.
The list goes on…
Ordinary people with an extra-ordinary purpose. In any job our purpose waits for us to find it and live it. I can’t tell you what your purpose should be but I can tell you that every one of us can find a bigger purpose in the job we have. I can tell you that every job, no matter how glorious or boring it may seem, will get mundane if we let it.
Purpose keeps it fresh and when we are filled with purpose, we tap into an endless supply of energy.
Don’t wait until you go to Africa to start living with a mission. Don’t wait until the weekend to feed people who are hungry. Bring your mission to work, start working for a bigger purpose and nourish others in the process.
A Message from our Energy Specialist, Ron Bingham...
There is still an Energy Program at Keller ISD. The past school year the program saved the district nearly a million dollars. The bulk of the savings comes from trimming the run time of the major equipment in the buildings to just the occupied spaces and times. Current agreed-upon set points for heating and cooling are Heat to 68 and Cool to 73.
- Thanksgiving shutdown at BPES:
o Went well scoring 81%
o Good warm-up for Christmas Break
o Monitors and Docking Stations plugged in, and Blinds not closed were the most common deficiencies
o Breaks are a great time to defrost and unplug refrigerators – please do this
Staff’s contribution to the Energy Program is primarily in Electrical savings...
o Turn off lights when the room is unoccupied (even for lunch or meetings)
o Turn off computers and monitors at night (don’t just let them go to sleep mode)
o Blinds closed whenever possible
o Turn off projectors whenever possible
All Classrooms are designed to operate with the door closed
o Hallways are not conditioned to the extent of Offices and Classrooms
o This is the only way you can control humidity in your classrooms
o The only de-humidification in your building occurs as air is passed across cooling coils
o So keep that unconditioned hallway air out of your room by keeping your doors closed – Day and Night
January 9 - Drama Showcase (BPE performs at 5:00)
January 11 - Rounds have been CANCELLED
January 12 - Faculty Meeting
Bring learning journal and 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't be Wrong book
January 14 - Team Meeting
Focus: Sticky note visits in classrooms. Plot observations on the Engagement Matrix. Duration: ~30 minutes
January 14 - 2nd Grade Star Gazing Night (weather permitting)
January 15 - Patriot Pride Rally
January 15 - Early Release
-Talent Show Rehearsal (12-1:30)
January 18 - MLK Day - No School
January 19 - Committee Meetings
Literacy Night - Room 102
Sunshine - Library
PBIS - Conference Room
January 20 - Team Meeting