I worked with someone who had a calendar at work where every day he would X out another date moving him closer to retirement. I always felt the weight of that calendar, like he was a prisoner marking time on a cell wall.

I recently saw him and asked how it was going. “Great,” he said. “I’m out golfing every day. Life is good.”

While I wish him well in retirement, I am still saddened by the fact that he had to come to the late stages of life before he could truly enjoy it.

Meaningful work is a gift. If you don’t have it in your life, do something about it besides X-ing dates off the calendar waiting for the end to come. It may arrive in ways other than what you planned.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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