Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: The Office

A few months ago when The Office concluded its nine year run, my wife and I felt a sense of loss. Maybe that seems strange, but we have never been married without The Office. Plus, we always suspected the show was about more than a little humor.

In the final scene of the finale, Jim and Pam are interviewed on camera (as they have been for almost a decade). Here is what they had to say:

Jim: “I sold paper at this company for 12 years. my job was to speak to clients on the phone about quantities and types of paper. Even if I didn’t love every minute of it, everything I have I owe to this job—this stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.

Pam: “I thought it was weird when you picked us to do this documentary. But, all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind fo the point.”

I thought about this quote today as my wife and I waded through some tedious, detail work. I prefer to do extraordinary things, not update a database. However, we accomplish the extraordinary by consistently showing up and doing the ordinary. (tweet that)

I need that reminder this week. Perhaps you do too.

What ordinary things are you facing this week? What beauty do you see in them?

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  • Ah, yes, the “Mickey Mouse” stuff! There is no job or extraordinary work that doesn’t have it. At least, I can’t think of one.

    • Josh

      Why “Mickey mouse”?