Last week I had the pleasure of hearing a spiritual leader talk about the world in which we work. He was speaking in response to an individual’s concern that it is hard to be happy in the workplace. The response was, “work pleasantly”.
The phrase has stuck with me all week. I have often enjoyed work, although sometimes not. There are days I have felt energized and others when I felt defeated; sometimes excited and other times, disappointed; sometimes overwhelmed and other times, under-inspired; and sometimes optimistic and celebratory. I have certainly always worked hard to be respectful and supportive, and I am sure the same has been true for you.
Pleasantly is not a word we hear much these days. We may ask a friend, “Did you have a good day at work” but not “Was your day pleasant” or more pointedly, “Were both your work and your demeanor pleasant or pleasing today”.
Pleasant is defined as welcoming, agreeable, charming, comfortable, fair, and with heart. I resonate mostly with the word comfortable. If we were pleasant to be around, it seems like the environment would be warm, relaxed, congenial, friendly, and calm. Our work would be clear, concise, well organized, considerate and helpful. The people we interact with would be happy to see us. They would feel good not just about the work, but also about the interaction, even when we disagreed.
So, I have to ask, will you set your intention to work pleasantly today? It seems to me that it will make for a day that is both energizing and calming.
What do you think about “working pleasantly?” I’d love to know what you think, and meanwhile, contact us if we can help you.