Team, I was reading a book by Matt Kelly titled “Resisting Happiness” and I stumbled on something he suggested maybe we can all try…and just try it for ONE DAY.
Or make it your daily ritual, but I think we can at least all try it for one day.
What is it we should try? To work for one day… for a specific cause, or person… even beyond Supplying happiness.
To summarize that part of his book, I’ll use his example:
If someone says, “Hey the local playground could really use two trees planted and we will give you $500 an hour to plant them.” You say sure, but you are very busy. That Saturday you show up late, do crappy work, trees at an angle, not buried well, you don’t even believe they will live when you leave the playground, in fact you KNOW they won’t live… you planted them so badly, but you get $1000 as payment… OR
That same persons asks you, asks your fee, and you say for the kids you will donate your time. It takes you all morning that Saturday and then you nuture them for the next year…and you KNOW they are growing great roots, a real source of pride for you right?
In which case are you HAPPIER?
The latter one is universally chosen, therefore proving the human condition does not work ONLY for the $$$$.
We work for the JOY OF IT. THE LABOR OF IT.
WE WORK FOR A PASSION.
So one day this week, WORK FOR GOD. Or work for that person you know who is in an old age home that can no longer work. Or work for your kids. Or work for that loved one that passed away and can’t work any more. It’s an act of prayer. Work can be prayer. Put those initials on a post it note, or clipboard, or hand tool, someway that ALL DAY you are not working for you… you are working for them. Every detail, every focus, every smile given is for them. I imagine you will go home that night feeling AWESOME… I also bet your work that day will be pretty awesome too as well as your feelings at work that day…
I haven’t decided who that person or mission for that day will be. I’m gonna think about it, but I am pretty excited to choose.
— – Joel Fleischman. Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply. (drexelteam). You can follow him on twitter: @JoelmFleischman. Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness. I hope this little post did just that.