But really, we’re telling you exactly why we love our jobs.
Sit down, put your phone away, and think really hard about what we are about to ask you. Why do you do what you do? Did most of you tense up like we did when we realized we would be answering that question out loud? If not, well then give us your secret because that incredibly level temperament you obviously possess must knock interviews out of the park.
A few weeks ago, our Chief Development Officer charged us with the task of creating a video for an upcoming board meeting that would capture the spirit of the Foundation. We set some studio time, got the camera ready, and threw up a quick prayer to the man upstairs that we could somehow pull this off. What we expected was a whirlwind of stress and caffeine that would somehow produce enough for us to dress up in fine clothes to present to our board. What we got, well, it was something totally different.
You see, something amazing happens when you ask people to share something about themselves. What happens is that, if you’re lucky, they actually tell you. Even though it is awkward being filmed and we tend to fill the space with nervous laughter or apologies for not speaking as effortlessly as we imagined, the rawness of what our co-workers had to say came rolling in like waves. No, not everything came out exactly like they planned. Yes, we had lots of takes and needed lots of encouragement that we were doing alright. BUT, between the laughter and the re-takes, real sincerity and passion for the work being done was impossible to miss. As we filmed, we found ourselves smiling when Andrea told the story of Dr. Adamson, an 84-year-old volunteer, going above and beyond to walk a distraught woman all the way across campus to find her husband who came in through the ER. We laughed with each other as half of us couldn’t remember our own official job title. We heard the often untold accounts of what our co-workers devote their time to each and every day. As co-workers one by one connected so easily to the stories they told, something became glaringly obvious…they all genuinely love what they do.
Loving what you do does not mean that coming to work is easy every day, or that you never feel frustratingly overwhelmed. It means that when you look at the big picture – you are proud of what you have created. Each one of us in the Foundation plays an integral role that ultimately impacts one thing: our community. A community each one of us is a part of, and cares deeply about. A community we love so much that we each took a job here, at the Baptist Health Foundation, so that we could spend our working hours doing our part to make it better.
So, thank you, to everyone who supports the Foundation in any way. You allow us to do what we love and give happy every single day!
Want to see what we’re talking about? Check out our video here.