"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." ~Dale Carnegie, writer & lecturer
I'm just back from a time of relaxation and refreshing, having spent time with good friends in Bandon, OR. The time was the best -- slow-paced enough to be reflective and yet filled with fun and laughter.
While I was there, I discovered my friend Jamie is a serious sandcastle sculptor. She has the knowledge and the tools -- and she takes the time to build some rather intricate sandcastles.
Why build sandcastles? I mean, they don't last. We all know that. It's the whole sand versus waves dilemma. The waves win every time.
Jamie enjoys building sandcastles. It is, in short, fun.
Let me tell you something else about my friend. She has a rather serious career: She's a family physician. Not only that, she's in charge of a residency program. Serious stuff, that. But Jamie (and her family) know how to laugh and have fun. (Balderdash, anyone?) She's found a certain balance between seriousness and fun that I admire -- and she constantly adjusts to maintain the right balance.
Oh. One more thing about building sandcastles. For all the fun of the endeavor, Jamie also told my husband that her efforts remind her that nothing lasts.
Hhhm. Fun and significant.
My friend is a wise woman.
In Your Words: Having fun? Achieving success? Has one excluded the other? Stop and think about what defines fun for you. (I'd love to hear about it!) If your striving for success but finding no joy (fun) in the goal ... have you ever considered you're going in the wrong direction?
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