“He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.”
Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe
I was with a friend yesterday and learned that he had just accepted a position as an adjunct professor at a junior college. This is a real departure for my inventor, scientist, videographer, and jack of many trades pal. He has done some amazing things over the years but I wonder over the long run if any will be more amazing than this this adventure. He made the change even though it meant a huge cut in income, he did it because he wanted to do something for people. In some ways it is similar to my career change twenty or so years ago when I started working with Kiwanis International and UNICEF.
He is feeling good about what he is doing and like always is rising to the challenge. You see his students range from young unprepared to learn folks to those late in life who have lost their jobs and are working to develop marketable skills. In addition he has part time students that are employed and are studying to enhance their careers. I am not sure that I or most people I know would have the patience and fortitude to do the job, but I know my friend does because I have watched over the years the exuberance he brings to every task. He always seems to find a reason to enjoy every task. I think his secret is that he focuses in on the elements that will provide him a sense of accomplishment and thus satisfaction and enjoyment.
I found a piece offered by Ralph Marston that has the same sense to it, here is what he wrote:
One of the most reliable ways to ruin your enjoyment of life is to put too many conditions on that enjoyment. You can put so much time and energy into getting the conditions just right, that there’s nothing left to enjoy. Instead of seeking and striving to enjoy life, just simply enjoy it. Enjoy the moment you’re in, without placing so many judgments or conditions on it.
Is it really so important that events and circumstances line up in exactly the way you wish? Of course it’s not. Often, life’s surprises can turn out to be pleasant surprises if you’ll simply let them. Make the choice to do less fighting against what comes, and more enjoying of what is.
Think of the time and effort you put into proving you’re right or getting your way. Visualize spending that time instead in unconditional, authentic enjoyment of the amazing life with which you’re blessed. Don’t work so hard to make enjoyment what you think it should be. Just relax and let your life be filled with the rich enjoyment of each special moment.
Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
You Know You’re Getting Older When…
Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.
You feel like the night after, and you haven’t been anywhere.
Your little black book contains only names ending in M.D.
Your children begin to look middle aged.
A dripping faucet causes an uncontrollable bladder urge.
You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.
You look forward to a dull evening.
You turn out the light for economic reasons rather than romantic ones.
Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.
You regret all those mistakes resisting temptation.
You just can’t stand people who are intolerant.
You burn the midnight oil until 9 pm.
Your pacemaker makes the garage door go up when you watch a pretty girl go by.
You have too much room in the house and not enough room in the medicine cabinet.
Why is an alarm clock going “off” when it actually turns on?
From hospital charts:
She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.
Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
The slave driver of the Roman ship stared down at his slaves and yelled.
“I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll be getting double rations tonight.”
The mumbling of the happy slaves was interrupted by the bellowing of the slave driver. “The bad news is that the commander’s son wants to water ski.”
Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.
A man was chosen for jury duty who very much wanted to be dismissed from serving. He tried every excuse he could think of but none of them worked.
On the day of the trial he decided to give it one more shot. As the trial was about to begin he asked if he could approach the bench.
“Your Honor,” he said, “I must be excused from this trial because I am prejudiced against the defendant. I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those beady eyes and that dishonest face and I said, ‘He’s a crook! He’s guilty, guilty, guilty.’ So, your Honor, I could not possibly stay on this jury!”
With a tired annoyance the judge replied, “Get back in the jury box. That man is his lawyer.”
I doubt therefore I might be.
A husband had just finished reading a new book entitled, ‘You Can Be THE Man of Your House.’
He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, ‘From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is Law.
You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert. After dinner, you are going to go upstairs with me and we will have the kind of sex that I want.
Afterwards, you are going to draw me a bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then, you will massage my feet and hands. Then tomorrow, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?’
The wife replied, “The funeral director would be my first guess.”
We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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