Gerry Sikorsky, the inventor of the helicopter said:
“Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.”
But given the stresses, tragedies, failures and disappointments of life…is that realistic? How can we do that?
There is a thing little children know (and they don’t even know they know it): They know that the point is joy.
Put a small child down anywhere for one minute and they’ll find some fun (their word for joy).
Joy, to small children, is like water to a fish. It is their default mode.
Could we make joy our default mode…again?
I used to think joy was the icing on the cake of life. Now I believe it is the cake.
I believe joy is the point of work, the point of relationships, the point of life—despite all the problems.
In fact, the more problems we have, the more we need joy. Not as an end, but as the energy with which we live and fight our battles and take on challenges.
Joy is not about faking it. It doesn’t mean we pretend problems aren’t there or plaster a fake smile on our face. It’s deeper than that.
With its favorite tools—stories, laughter, humor and playfulness—joy makes life feel meaningful. It helps to rescue us from unlived life. It is a stress-reliever. It limits damage in relationships. It helps us connect on a human level.
Joy is not about someday when we get somewhere “better”. It is about this day.
Here’s a way to follow Sikorsky’s advice: take a vow to find and create joy in your life…to bring joy and playfulness to your work…to your relationships…to your communities…even to your alone time.
The world needs it. You need it.
And the people who live and work around you will probably be glad you did.