Living with Shear Joy

People who know me well know that I am an animal lover. (Okay, you don’t have to know me very well to know that.) We live in the country and have our own little getaway with horses, barn cats (who think they own the place), and steers. It is our haven…our respite from very busy lives.

And then there is the dog. We have a Border Collie mix named Tripper. Like most dogs, at the mere mention of the word “walk” she exudes shear joy. Anyone who has had a dog knows this. But dog owners know that their dogs exhibit shear joy in almost everything they do.

• Time for a walk? Pure excitement.
• Hello, I’m home. Exuberance.
• Let’s go for a ride in the truck. I’m out of my mind.
• Let’s pick weeds out of the flower beds. Life couldn’t be better.
• Do you want a treat? Are you absolutely kidding me?

It’s a great reminder to live life with shear joy; looking for life’s opportunities? What might your workplace look like if those around you lived with joy? What is your role as a leader in making this happen?

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