The Privilege of Work Worth Doing


“Being privileged to work hard for long hours at something you think is worth doing is the best kind of play.”  – Robert A. Heinlein

Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a colleague in the for-profit world that has been rattling in my mind ever since.  He indicated that working with his normal business clients was stimulating, but he was grateful to complete work for The Arc of King County because it felt like work worth doing. Being a science fiction fan, I thought about Heinlein’s quote and thought, “I am fortunate to play everyday”.

Those who choose to work in the nonprofit sector are engaged in hard work that is worth doing. I think it is especially true for people who work with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The struggle for civil rights in the disability field continues, but we are edging closer to full inclusion and acceptance every day. We aren’t asking for anything outrageous. We simply want for ourselves exactly what we want for everyone else.

There is no doubt the work is hard and long. Some days have been heartbreaking, as we seem to take a step backwards. However, some days bring tears of joy to my eyes as I witness the progress we are making. I am so very privileged to be part of this work, and I am delighted to have the chance to “play” with all of you as we continue to create a more inclusive world for everyone.  


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