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FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge died in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Saint of 9/11 is a testament to the power of vocation, and the rippling impact that any one person’s work can have.

And will have.

Teachers, coaches, Girl Scout leaders.  People I haven’t seen in decades live on in my thoughts and actions.

Managers too.

A film about a priest who some believe to be a saint: how is this relevant to the workplace?

Merriam Webster says that vocation is a divine call to religious life.   Or, it’s an occupation.

Our actions and consequences contribute to many outcomes — even the emotional atmosphere at the office.  Brick by brick, our decisions build meaning.

Maybe “vocation” is a synonym for “occupation” because we seek meaning in our work.  Maybe this is human nature.

The most direct way to find meaning is to create it.   With intention, and over time, and through many inevitable bumps in the road.

Just like Mychal Judge.

(Photo:  Netflix.)