This weekend included an amazing adventure. If life isn’t grand enough…I had the pure joy of flying to Dayton, Ohio with my son Sean. We picked up a 1978 Anniversary Edition Corvette Pace Car which will be used by our church over the coming months as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Words cannot express the pure fun and gratitude that we shared together on that trip.
But I was raised by a generation where work and play do not mix. The group of people who preceded me (and other baby boomers) were fully and completely dedicated to their work. When fun entered the workplace, bosses frowned and expressed their displeasure at the loss of productivity.
I am slowly learning that humor, fun, and adventure provide a valuable element to the workplace. As long as it is done with integrity (e.g. as long as we do not give any less energy and commitment to our work), we can invest in relationships while we accomplish our objectives. To include others in our work can benefit everyone involved.
- Levity and fun helps maintain my sanity (what’s left of it)
- The adventure helped strengthen the bond of relationship with my son
- My friends provided encouragement to step outside my comfort zone and take risks (though no speeding tickets were involved!)
- I gained invaluable understanding about the car that we will be using
And, it served the purpose of work.
So, include others in your work. Create adventures that your friends, family, and co-workers can be invited into. Not just the big things – add elements of fun into the daily tasks that you carry. Maybe you just need to throw a paper airplane across the office when everyone is tense.
After all, we’ve got a lot of years of work ahead. We might as well enjoy it.
Thanks for listening.