Choose one: Pleasure, Happiness, or Joy ___________!
Today’s World of “instant gratification” “Instant Communication” “instant feed-back” makes for a very difficult “decision process”
Decisions in both the personal arena and the business community affect our overall feelings of Pleasure, Happiness and or Joy.
Traditional definitions from Webster:
Pleasure – “a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment”
Happiness – “the state of being happy”
Joy – “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”
With little to differentiate between these definitions, if you’ll allow me, let’s add a measure of time to see if a more useful definition can be obtained. Pleasure can be equated with an ephemeral search for a “quick fix” to an otherwise boring day - men are losing their sanity in the mad rush for sensations that do but excite and disappoint.
The founding fathers of our nation considered happiness to be of such importance that it was ranked with life and liberty. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In what I believe is the longest lasting, most satisfying emotion is Joy - Obedience, Obedient, Obey. “A condition of great happiness,” coming from righteous living. The purpose of mortal life is for all people to have joy. My observations in the “workplace” has been that employees /partners/ owners - who subscribe to a outlined set of rules, conditions, boundaries, time lines, etc and who accomplish the task within those boundaries are in fact the most productive, and possess a significant amount of “Joy” within their emotional bank account. When searching “Joy” on Google one finds many scriptural references and I like following: John 16:21 - When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
So it is with us today, when we’ve endured our “hour of labor” and our fruits are manifest before us the Joy that surfaces within erases all else and the toil disappears.
Effective , productive and enlightened leaders, managers, executives will do well to pursue “Joy” within the context of daily assignments by being true to the rules, boundaries and limits of the task that when followed an adhered to will indeed produce “Joy” and I proffer that “Joy” will be an intangible that surpasses monetary rewards.