This morning I was sipping my coffee and watching mama Turtle lay her eggs in the same spot in our front yard that she has for the past 8 years. When she was done, I then watched her make her way back to the brook to get some rest and then come back again tomorrow. Today is day 3 of 5 that she comes.
She is just doing what she is supposed to do, meant to do. me a mama, lay the eggs and go back.
She is alone – there is no crowd cheering her on. And it’s raining so it’s not a glorious job…
But she does it – every year, like clockwork.
You always know you can count on mama turtle to be back the same time every year, laying her eggs.
Imagine if you lived life this way. Did what you are meant to do, without a big crowd, day in and day out. Not expecting celebrations but just knowing you are doing what you are meant to do.
Seth Godin’s blog today is beautiful: A ten-year plan is absurd
Impossible, not particularly worth wasting time on.
On the other hand, a ten-year commitment is precisely what’s required if you want to be sure to make an impact.
There are a lot of people saying, just do your job. I’m a New England Pats fan and that’s a great quote even on T-shirts in this neck of the woods – Do Your Job! They won a championship that way.
So, while you may have heard it before – maybe it will stick today.
I know seeing mama turtle walking back to the water, slow and steady, in the rain with no one else watching (other than me) – in many ways it’s a thankless job but one that is necessary because it keeps things moving. It’s part of nature, part of life.
If she doesn’t do what she’s meant to do, a lot of things can change and maybe even go wrong.
I feel the same way about me and each you. You need to do what you are meant to do – it’s part of nature. And if you aren’t doing what you were meant to do then you are depriving not just yourself but all of us…
It may be a thankless job, you may not have cheerleaders – but at the end of the day, that isn’t what it’s all about. It about showing up, walking alone but walking proud because you know, inside, you are doing what you are meant to do.