Got that quote today.
And while wishing I had gills to survive the humidity on my walk today, I had been thinking about something that this quote wrapped up just perfectly.
Have you ever noticed that there are whole professions that suck the life out of people and make them snarky? And how there are professions that infuse joy into their workers?
If I gave you a sec, we'd come up with the same ones. Let's just say that no one has ever come back after a trip to get their driver's license or a roll of stamps all filled with giddiness about the possibilities life holds based on their encounter at the window. Most of these despair filled outlets are run by the government, however, not all are. Some just play the government on TV. But it's worth noting. Especially if you're an Orwell fan. But I digress.
Likewise, there are places that you love because the people are joyful and fun and you and the worker aren't both fighting "the place" and wishing you were elsewhere. For me, these places include Starbucks and other coffeeshops, the Apple store, Amy's Ice Cream, Whole Foods, and some small bookstores.
What if every one of us could delete the space between what things are and what they ought to be, and only met people who were joyful in what they were doing? How different a trip for postage and your driver's license would be for all involved.
We can wish, right?
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Or, we could start, by being that joyful person people enjoy being around. Regardless of place.
I say that knowing that I am going to head out tomorrow to hang out with thousands of joyful people all focused on art. The energy in that crowd is game changing. Why can't "real life" be like that? Maybe we should just do it. Start screaming and clapping when things go right like all of us will be doing on Wednesday morning. Try it. Lemme know how it goes. If they lock you up, call me - I'll bail you out. ;)
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