It’s a great feeling when you’re doing something that you love. Even on a Monday.
I was getting on the elevator today and this guy gets on with me. He was only going to the 2nd floor and I was headed all the way up to 12. So I didn’t have him with me for much of the trip…
He was talking to someone as he boarded and he was laughing and smiling when he jumped in and pressed the appropriate button.
“Are you having a good time so far today?” he asked me, as he continued laughing a little bit. (Whatever it was he was talking about with his buddy must have been pretty humorous).
“Absolutely!” I replied. And so you know, I wasn’t just saying it because it seemed appropriate. I really was having a good time. In fact, all the way to the elevator I had been thinking about how lucky I am to be doing something that I love every day and for having so many wonderful blessings in my life.
I parked on the top level of the parking garage this morning, which has a separate elevator…and it was out of order…so I had been traveling down five flights of stairs on foot before getting to the main building elevator so I could go back up. Gives a guy a chance to think about stuff…like maybe how he should be doing a little more exercising.
So the guy says, “Good! You have to have a good time. You have to enjoy what you’re doing. Otherwise…why do it?”
“That’s exactly right, my man,” I said, sensing the instant brotherhood we had formed with our common sense of positivity. And then he stepped off.
Now I was laughing…by myself. That was a great way to start the day.
Then I get into the office and while checking my e-mail, I happen to see an update from Randy Gage. I really enjoy Randy’s blog and I also subscribe to his rants. By the way, you should too. Go HERE to do so. And here’s his BLOG.
So, in the subject line of Randy’s Rant this morning it reads, “Mike, Are You Having a Freakin, Fabulous Monday?” I smiled and thought, “Okay, this is pretty cool, I’m starting to pick up on a serious vibe that’s being thrown down”.
And sure enough, Randy’s e-newsletter was about how he loves to get up and start his day because he is so passionate about what he does for a living, and also how so many people just aren’t. He went on to talk about how his wish is for all of us to be doing something we truly love to do each and every day. And I happen to think that’s an absolutely essential part of our existence. I think our spirits long to be happy and fulfilled with the activities we are involved in on a daily basis. And I think if you’re going to do anything “for a living” it needs to be something you love!
So, I say, either love what you do or do what you love. Anything else is just a flat out waste of your time, talent and energy.
There’s no reason that anyone should have to feel a certain way based on whichever day of the week it is. I find it to be pretty sad when I ask someone how they are doing at the end of the week and instead of saying “good” or “okay” or even “great” they say, “It’s Friday!” And of course, these are the same people that drag around and mope and whine and complain every Monday morning. And every Tuesday morning. And every Wednesday morning. In fact, you wouldn’t even know they had a personality until about 3pm on Thursday afternoons. That’s when they come alive for a about a three day stretch…until about 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
Life’s too short and too precious for us to waste it doing things we hate or things that make us miserable. And it is never too late to start becoming the person you might have been!
I’m with the guy in the elevator! If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, why do it?
So how about it…did you have a good time today?