Dear OFS Community,
It’s ‘Happiness at Work’ week which comes at a timely point in the year as we start to form habits in our thinking and outlook. Over the past decade I have heard all manner of conversations about ‘work life balance’ and if I’m honest, none really resonate. The implication is that we work hard to earn the holiday on a beach?
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
I believe firmly in a ‘busy still’ balance. I can be ‘busy’ at home and long to be at work, even though I love my family dearly! I can also find ‘still’ at work, a moment of peace, reflection or inspiration. Perhaps it comes down to pleasure and purpose – whether we are at home or at work, purpose and meaning can provide pleasure.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
I showed this clip in assembly to caution us as we search for our own sense of busy and still, pleasure and purpose – advertisements are quick to sell us what they want us to literally buy into and often the pleasure being sold is very temporary!
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from." - Seth Godin
We ended assembly by inviting everyone to think about a seesaw that has pleasure at one end and purpose at the other. How can we move our thinking to keep things balanced?