“Joy is a meeting place, of deep intentionality and of self-forgetting, the bodily alchemy of what lies inside us in communion with what formerly seemed outside, but is now neither, but become a living frontier, a voice speaking between us and the world: dance, laughter, affection, skin touching skin, singing in the car, music in the kitchen, the quiet irreplaceable and companionable presence of a daughter: the sheer intoxicating beauty of the world inhabited as an edge between what we previously thought was us and what we thought was other than us.” David Whyte Excerpt From: David Whyte. “Consolations.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/consolations/id978846365
David Whyte is my favorite poet. He has a deep baritone voice with a funny Welsh / Irish / American blended accent. When he reads his poetry aloud you feel the kind of feeling you might experience from a great concert or hymn in a religious setting.
I often think about joy being the ultimate state to work and live in. Some people refer to flow as losing yourself in challenging, but not overwhelming work. I prefer the term joy as it encompasses every moment of life not just being in "the zone” in sport or “flow” in work.
When I work in my land business I notice that I can wear so many hats that provide me so much joy daily. The deal maker hat, the manager hat, the problem solver hat, the marketing hat, the sales hat, the CEO hat, etc. Within each of these containers, I can practice my craft while at the same time losing myself in the joy of just learning or getting better at what I’m trying to accomplish.
When I witness my thoughts of frustration, impatience, annoyance, maybe even anger I try to anchor myself back in the moment and recapture the feeling of joy.
There is no reason you can’t struggle and find joy in the process of your work in your life. In the beginning, I was so anxious about building my land business I didn’t even enjoy my days. I would worry about where the next deal was coming from or if and when I was going to run out of cash. Looking back I regret not just enjoying the moments and just patiently and serenely solving each problem as it arose.
The land business can be so challenging with so many moving pieces, but just under the surface of it all try to find the reservoir of the pure joy of learning new skills, building a better future for yourself and your loved ones. What good is it arriving at the top of the mountain if you hated every step of the climb?
“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Chuck Palahniuk