What is your mission behind the mundane?
In Iraq, our soldiers are supposed to eat bland and overcooked food, right? Well, at least they aren’t garnished with parsley. For years they have been calorie factories giving troops the fuel they need to do their jobs. An old adage says, “An Army travels on its stomach.”
However, the Pegasus chow hall is different, just outside of the Bagdad airport. They have a new reputation. At Pegasus, the prime rib is perfect, the fruit platter has watermelon, kiwi, and grapes. Soldiers were traveling from safe zones to dangerous zones just to get this dining experience.
Why? Because of Floyd Lee. He was retired (after 25 yrs) of being a cook, but he found a powerful purpose. He knew that the soldiers fought brutal temperatures and devastating situations, and he wanted to provide respite in the middle of the storm. He says it like this, “As I see it, I am not just in charge of food service; I am in charge of morale.”
Chefs wear tall hats, windows have fancy curtains, fluorescent lights have been replaced with softer lighting, favorite sports banners hang on the wall.
Go beyond serving chow. Go beyond your mundane. You can find deeper purpose behind any menial act.