Intentional Joy

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

Thomas A. Edison

It’s late. I’m extremely tired, but the good kind of tired that you feel after a hard day of working with your hands. 

From what, you ask, dear reader? Painting a room. Which, might not seem like much, but you would be mistaken. First you have to move everything out of the space, then use tape around anything you don’t want to have paint on it. Next you prime the walls, edge the trim, and another coat of paint to trim and then roller out two layers of paint over the walls. In our case, it was more difficult because we were going from a dark navy color to light green, so it took much longer to cover up. 

I’ve never been particularly fond of painting rooms. I love painting ideas on canvas, but painting rooms can suck it. 

But like most things in life, it depends on how you do it, and who you do it with. (In my case I spent the day painting with Gabriella, so despite not enjoying the work, I enjoyed the company. 🙂

Any task can be accomplished in dozens or more of ways, but not all of them bring the same amount of joy. What we bring to the table matters immensely on the outcome of the work.

Take any given task—mowing the lawn, data entry, customer service, house-cleaning, etc—and you’ll find someone out there that will complain all week about having to do it, but you’ll also find someone who loves doing it.

The same goes for any task we do. You could hate your job, love your job, or be somewhere in between, and that mindset alone will determine how well you do, how much you value your time, and how happy you are because of doing it.

I can dislike painting rooms and still find joy out of it. If I can’t find joy from the task itself, then there’s likely another layer or two—like a good podcast, great music, fun conversations—that I can add on top of the task to add joy to an otherwise boring labor-intensive task.

There are exceptions too, I think.

I would be miserable mowing lawns because I’m allergic to grass. That’s something I need to say no to and give it / pay for someone else to do it. There’s joy in that too.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #939

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