Jonathan Kohl wrote a great article for Star Tester:
called "Am I Creating Value With My Testing?".
He makes a great point. As testers we can easily get consumed with the techniques, the status reports, the analysis, test process improvement, maturity models, open source tools, etc, etc, etc. But we need to, regularly, take our heads out of the sand and ask "Am I Creating Value with My Testing?".
Test provides a service - and while we can be extremely busy working, we MUST take the time to check that the work we are so busy doing, does in fact provide value. Otherwise, what's the point?