I’m Really Going to Miss Being a Janitor

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The Beatles hummed from a Bose speaker on the counter. A shelf held hand-painted signs that said Rise and shine, It’s Coffee Time and Coffee and Friends Make the Perfect Blend.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas is known for those kinds of $7 knick-knacks, steep streets peppered with Victorian homes, and the haunted Crescent Hotel.

A local sipping from a steaming cup asked the man behind the counter, “What do you enjoy most about running the coffee shop? Is it the people?”

“Being a janitor,” he said laughing behind his Frank Zappa beard.

The man drinking coffee perked up.

“I am a janitor and I love it. I clean 40 rooms every night and 18 hallways with a backpack vacuum cleaner. I’ll retire in 16 months. I’m really going to miss it. I have it better than the teachers because I’m coming to work when they’re leaving and I get to say ‘Have a wonderful evening’ to all of them. I’m really going to miss it.”

That’s a man with perspective.

You can shape your outlook. Changing viewpoints is a skill. It requires a present state of mind, muting negative self-talk, and embracing the value in your work.

Janitors don’t get rid of grime. They make classrooms sparkle so kids can learn in a safe environment.

If your perspective needs an overhaul, start practicing. 

About Mark

Mark Kinsley is Leggett & Platt's Staff Vice President of Marketing for the Bedding Group. Outside the office he enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking, and snow skiing. Connect with Mark on Twitter via @markkinsley. View all articles by Mark