We all want to leave our mark on this world in one way or another. Whether it’s helping the poor and needy, raising a family, or just practicing random acts of kindness to those around us, we strive to make the most of the life we’ve been given. There’s an innate desire to discover our purpose in life and to feel fulfilled at the end of it all. For many people, unfortunately, that purpose and fulfillment does not extend to their job. I’ve certainly experienced it before, and it’s clearly a common feeling among many people, who are “working for the weekend” or that next, much-needed vacation to escape from it all for a short week or two. Work becomes primarily about the paycheck, not for the satisfaction that comes from your work. One of the reasons I love being at iRewardHealth is that I get the opportunity to not only work with a great team on something truly exciting, but that I get to be a part of something that aims to make a real, lasting impact on the world.
Good health is something that I take for granted most of the time, and it’s not until I get sick that I truly appreciate it. And when I do come down with something, I’m usually back on my feet within a week or so. For many people, however, their health issues are much larger and oftentimes chronic in nature, lasting months, years or even the rest of their life. And while modern medicine has made great strides in helping those people manage their symptoms, what if the illness could have been prevented in the first place? Why do we spend so much time and effort merely trying to minimize health problems to the best of our ability instead of coming up with solutions to avoid them completely? These are the question that really interest me, and working for a company that strives to be a part of the answer is something that excites and motivates me every day. It gives my job meaning and a purpose.
In one of my favorite movies, Dead Poet’s Society, Robin Williams plays an English teacher, John Keating, at a prestigious boarding school in Vermont. In one scene, he quotes a poem, Oh Me Oh Life, by Walt Whitman, in an effort to help convey the meaning of life to his students:
“Oh life! Of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish. What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer: That you are here—that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
Keating then asks his students and it’s a question each of us needs to answer for ourselves: “What will your verse be?”