Enforced fun

I love to work.

To me, work is fun. I have learned over the years to take breaks and to take Sabbaths to recharge, but to be honest, working is enjoyable to me. When I told my family that work was fun, my son said, “The rest of the family just cannot relate.” My husband and son, in particular, like to play. My husband helps balance the serious, work-side of me that can get seriously out of whack. Without him around, I just work, work, work.

When we are at home, I am the one telling the family, “Remember to take out the recycling… change your sheets … vacuum the floor.”

My family tells me, “Remember to do some knitting!” They never tell me to do any chores. I do them myself.

Yesterday I told my family how I made a new to-do list on my list that is the category of “fun.” Under this category, I put down all the fun things I would like to do, including making jewelry, knitting, blogging, writing books, playing music, and reading books.

When I told them this, my son said, “Daddy and I have to put work things on our list so we do them. You have to put fun things on your list so you do them.”

It s so true! Today I spent all day either working or spending time with my family (plus starting the day off with quiet time with God). It wasn’t until 11 pm that I realized I totally forgot to look at my fun list. The reason I put this list up with my other work items is so that I could remember to relax.

I once worked at a church that had a “Mandatory staff fun day.” That’s because we were all a bunch of people who had a lot to do and wanted to work. I suppose finally putting this category in my list of things to do is my way of making fun mandatory in my life so I don’t burn out!

Speaking of fun, I also work with fun people. Here’s what was in the office next door this morning:

The culprit denied involvement and said, “The tumbleweed just came in the window by itself!”

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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