We all can benefit from a little change of perspective every once in a while. Sometimes a few minutes spent in someone else’s shoes can leave a lifelong impression. I share an office at work with the “Facilities” guy. He is responsible for making sure all the mechanical systems work. In the heat if a Mid-South summer that means air conditioning. George has been working on the 32 ac units on the roof of our building. George is in his 60s. The weather here has been hovering at the 100 degree mark all week. I will give you a moment to absorb those last three sentences.

George invited me to come up to the roof to see what it was like to work on a black tar roof in 100 degree heat. Strangely enough I said yes. I have been hot before. I worked at Kings Island amusement park back in the 80s and remember one day working as a cook over an open fire in 104 degree heat. This was worse. The heat comes at you from all directions. Once I got down off the roof I checked and it indicated the heat index was 111.

Suddenly all the reasons I had to be annoyed with my job seem really trivial.

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