Vail Dail Editor Don Rogers: Seed of fun helps work bloom
Vail, CO, Colorado
I was thinking about the nature of fun, work and fun-in-work.
Not as in party on the job, but how work tends to be more satisfying and successful when you are absorbed by what you are doing and having some fun with it. How your feelings can make you more creative and/or more productive. Or go the other way.
This is crucial for when you have bitten off more than maybe you can chew and that workday stretches into the night and weekdays become weekends with, well, work that needs to be completed yesterday.
Yikes. We wear down when we’re not having at least some fun. Which of course still doesn’t explain golf.
Anyway, I just started reading one of the books I got at the rummage sale in the dollar-a-bag sale, speaking of fun. For reading freaks, there isn’t much more fun than filling a bag from the shelves at the rummage sale for a buck.
One of those books was Daniel Goleman’s “Social Intelligence,” which I just started reading. As I opened it I found a bookmark bearing one of those saccharin sayings printed on a watercolor of a flower and leaf.
“May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.”
Dear God, I can’t believe I’m connecting with one of those damn inspirational slogans. I’m that wicked sort of soul who thrills to Dilbert and despair.com.
The “beauty and joy” stuff is pretty much mud baths and cucumbers over your eyes to me. I don’t get the spa any more than golf.
But I really like the “wildflower growing freely,” and I see that flower sprouting out of a crack in the concrete. Hang efficiency, crisp meetings and bulleted-list planning. I’m liking that beautiful weed.
Besides, it’s no mere weed. It’s a wildflower. There’s hope for all of us.
The book taps at this root, too. It’s about how we connect with one another at lightning speed at a level only dimly recognized by the intellect. And we spread our emotions like the flu.
This makes how you feel crucial to how you work, and how your whole group works. It’s where we get office mood or climate deeply affecting office production.
Our society blooms with Sheriff John Browns, “pull it before it grows.” I’m sure I do more than my share of that, too, in my turn as The Man, or one of his deputies, anyway.
I’m just thinking that laying the concrete is the easy part, and you do need concrete before you can have the crack, and then the flower.
It’s the seed that matters most, and just enough room to sprout.
Don Rogers is the editor and publisher of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com or 970-748-2920. He welcomes your comments.