“We all have a job to do” — Glenn
For those of you who are fans of The Walking Dead, now in its tenth season, you may recall that in Season 6, episode 3, the group is trying to distract a herd of zombies away from their home.
Alexandria, is a walled community, in Virginia, that provided some level of safety for the group until a herd came through and threatened to break through the walls.
Distracting the herd of zombies away from Alexandria proves to be no small feat.
In the process of carrying out their plan, several members of the group, including Glenn and Michonne, are trapped outside of the community.
It becomes painfully clear when the group is trapped inside a building with the herd outside, someone needs to create a distraction so the others who are trapped can get away.
Glenn insists Michonne is the one who has to lead the others away to safety.
He volunteers to stay behind and create the distraction so the others can escape unnoticed.
Michonne and the others try to talk him out of it.
But Glenn wins the argument with Michonne by reminding her of his experience as a pizza delivery boy.
He also touts his skill at finding his way in and out of the city of Atlanta earlier in the season, and then points out “we all have a job to do.”
When we think about life lessons, this is a big one.
“We all have a job to do.”
By this time in the series, the group of survivors had become not just a team, but a family. They care about one another.
To me, Glenn’s statement in this situation referred to his role on the team and in the “family”.
Glenn knows what’s at stake. Not only is the small group at risk but the entire plan fails if they don’t carry out their part of it.
He knows what needs to happen and recognizes he’s the best one to create that distraction.
He also knows Michonne is the best one to protect the group and get them back to the safety of their community.
In addition to the trapped group who are in immediate danger, his pregnant wife is back at Alexandria.
He’s willing to take the risk to carry out the plan and keep all of his family safe.
So in Glenn’s mind, for the family to survive, and for life to go on, everyone has to do their part. This includes him.
It’s a lesson we can all take to heart, especially in this chaotic time.
No matter who we are in life, no matter what our age or situation at any given moment, we all have a job to do.
Babies and toddlers are lucky, their “job” is to grow and to explore the world around them.
When you’re a child and still in school, one of your main “jobs” is doing well in school.
Young kids may have other physical jobs such as doing chores at home, or less tangible jobs such as being a good friend or a dedicated team member, etc.
Adolescents main “job” is to strive for independence, learn who they are, and how to stand on their two feet.
As an adult, you may have a “job” you are paid for and you may have a job or even several jobs that you must do even though you aren’t compensated.
Your job as an adult is to provide for yourself and/or your family.
Even if you have a job that comes with a job description and a paycheck, there’s always additional “jobs” you must do.
Your job may involve leading others, keeping them on task, recording details, playing devil’s advocate, or even serving as the comic relief for the family when things get tense.
If you’re a parent, at least one of your many jobs is to protect and raise your children.
As an adult, your job might also involve caring for another adult such as an elderly parent or a disabled spouse.
The job you must do changes based not only on the situation at hand and the stage of life you’re in, but also with the group you are in at any given time.
This lesson is the second that became clear about life through watching The Walking Dead.
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But remember, whatever the situation, regardless of the people that make up our group at the time, “we all have a job to do”.
If your life feels out of sync or you feel like you just can’t seem to catch a break;
If everything seems out of whack or if it feels like there just has to be more to life than what you’re doing, try this:
Think about the groups you are part of and the stage of life you’re in right now.
What job are you doing? Ask yourself if you’re doing the job you’re meant to do right now?
Are you doing the job that fits with your personality, your skill set, responsibility, or your stage of life?
When you figure out what YOUR job is in any given situation, group, or stage of life, your path becomes much clearer.
It’s like being handed a compass not only for survival, but for true happiness.
The quickest way to find true happiness is to identify the job you are meant to be doing in each stage of life and do it.
If you’re not sure what makes you happy, perhaps you can keep a journal and write down the things that happen daily that bring you joy, peace, or contentment.
Look for the little things as well as the bigger things. Write about them in your journal.
Find the positive even in troubled or dire situations.
Keep your journal for a month or longer until you start to see patterns of things that bring you happiness in your life.
So, whether you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or a zombie hater, consider whether or not you are doing the job you know in your heart you are meant to do.
If not, what’s stopping you?