Last week during one of our morning meetings, my manager posed a question to all of us – what activity outside of work do we enjoy and what does that say about us? I kicked this around in my head for a bit and then had a profound epiphany, which I explained to the team.
I thought of golf, and then thought, but what about writing, spending time with my family, recording the Better Me podcast? I enjoy all of those things, which is where my epiphany happened. I enjoy those things, and many more. These things bring me joy, which nothing did a couple of years ago. I said that to my team and saw faces light up and nod. Those who were around me two years ago knew exactly where I was going with this.
Here were all of these things bringing me joy. What did that say about me? It says I’m healthy. I find joy not just in one thing, but in many things.
I enjoy golfing. I enjoy writing. I enjoy recording the Better Me Podcast. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. I enjoy taking a nap in the sunlight. I enjoy good food. I enjoy having a steamed milk with this delicious matcha latte powder I get at a local store. I enjoy rubbing my dogs belly. I enjoy talking with friends, if it’s on some virtual platform. I enjoy listening to music (always Jazz when I write). I enjoy reading a good book. I enjoy watching baseball. I enjoy the sound of my daughter’s laughter. I enjoy knowing that I’ve made her laugh.
The world is a troubled place. Look for where you might find some joy.