The Bottom Line Is Joy

Without happiness, our work can become the serious mechanics of making money instead of the joy of making a living.  When times get tough at work, often one of the first things we cut from our day is our satisfaction.  We replace satisfaction with stress, frustration and the like.

I’ve started reflecting upon this question:

Are we more productive and creative at work when we are happy or when we are miserable?

Some days when I’m working I notice that I can indeed become stressed out, frustrated and unhappy.  These feelings have actually occurred more often than I like to admit.

And the funny thing is that part of my training has included becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher, as well as, a Laughter Life Coach.

One would think that these three credentials would inoculate me from creating miserable days at work.

However, I have found that even these great credentials don’t save me from miserable days at work; rather it takes constant practice to create joy and bring it to the job.

At work, we can play and have fun, while being productive, if we keep practicing and practicing.

This practice is important because being miserable not only limits our quality of life but our ability to be creative and achieve results.

While the circumstances of our work may be challenging, we have the power to create these circumstances as playful and rewarding, rather than miserable.  We can move from feeling like a victim of our work to being the joyful hero of our work.

The key is the daily practice of creating ways to play and laugh at work while still being productive.

So let’s all create happiness, quality, results and a strong bottom line!

Game of the Day

How can you create happiness at work even when the circumstances are challenging?

The Abundance of Knowing We Have Enough

 

I recently started reflecting upon a very short story that my Grandfather Francis Schellinger read long ago in a newspaper and has shared with me.  I have asked him to repeat it to many times over the years because I find it fascinating.  The story goes something like this:

Steve and Wally are sitting waiting for the bus.  Steve says to Wally, “I’m richer than Harrison.”

Wally stares at Steve in utter disbelief and finally declares, “But that is impossible!  Harrison owns three houses and is a MILLIONAIRE many times over.”

Steve pauses for a minute, smiles at Wally and says confidently, “But I know I have enough and Harrison does not.”

This bit of conversation moves me every time I think about it because of Wally’s insight into life.  Wally realized he could declare that he had enough money, just like he could say when he was full from eating dinner.

On the other hand, even though Harrison had assets a thousand times in excess of Wally’s bank account, Harrison never gave himself the gift of declaring that he had enough money.  Instead, he was always fretting about finances and probably spending nights tossing and turning as he worried over how he would make his next million.

Harrison’s amazing financial abundance did not afford him Wally’s peace of mind and joy.

For my grandfather, realizing that he had enough changed everything for him and his family.  Grandpa Francis was a contractor and retired from that stressful career when he was fifty.  He moved with his family from the city to the country.  Grandpa then was free to spend his time loving his wife, kids and grand kids.  He also gardened extensively and became an expert craftsman, making countless beautiful objects out of wood.

Recognizing that he had enough, Grandpa gave himself the freedom to live a life he was passionate about.  Sure, grandpa could have made a great deal more money if he worked until he was seventy.   But he chose a path that he found far more rewarding.  A few weeks ago, I had the honor of visiting my grandfather in Minnesota.  Now at age eighty-eight, grandpa told me he was so grateful that he retired when he did.

Was my grandpa extremely fortunate to have made enough money to retire at age fifty?  Of course he was.   But more importantly, he had the wisdom to declare that he had enough at age fifty and then use his resources to live exactly the life he wanted.

There will always be more money we could make, more hours we could work, more stuff we could buy and on and on.

Realizing we have enough is an extraordinary result that has the potential of transforming our lives.

Game of the Day

  1. How will you know when you have enough?
  2. How would recognizing that you have enough change how you live your life?

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Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.