At the end of last week, the water in my apartment was turned off for over 36 hours.
Waking up for work on a chilly Friday morning (after attending a smoky, fairly seedy Indie show the previous night) and realizing I was still unable to take a hot shower or properly clean myself didn’t exactly put me in the best mood for my day.
My hygiene is almost obsessively maintained, so washing my face by dumping a freezing cold water bottle into my hand and rubbing it on my sudsy skin before it escaped down the drain was beyond unsatisfying.
But it was Friday morning, and even unresponsive faucets cannot permanently dry out the enthusiasm that a Friday morning brings.
The inability to shower (and therefore the inability to do my hair or put on makeup, the steps that follow in the high-maintenance female cleansing ritual) ironically saves you a lot of time. I pulled into the parking lot at work around 7:10 a.m., greeted by giant, heart-shaped wreaths frosted in red, blue, and yellow ornaments and Christmas lights. The entrance featured a massive Christmas tree and a garland-wrapped staircase.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for Christmas decorations, but it reminded me of an interview I read earlier in the week with Jeff Bezos. In it, he explained how the quality of your life can be enhanced by your willingness to actively engage.
Participating enthusiastically in the little things—the birthdays, the holidays, the meeting that you dread weekly—can make or break your spirit on any given day.
The mood that permeated the beginning of my day with frustration, irritation, and dry shampoo quickly turned around in the presence of Christmas lights and Holiday Blend in the Starbucks on the fifth floor.
While I’m never one to slack on putting together a presentation deck for a meeting, when it comes to the stuff where it’s easier to slack (the so-called “fun” stuff), sometimes I take the easy way out.
I’m going to pay a little extra attention to the ‘little things’ and make more of an effort to adopt a ‘go the extra mile’ mentality in the areas of my life where it seemingly doesn’t matter. Sometimes putting in a little extra effort can make things a lot more fun for everyone.
I’ll quote one of the Managers on the data team who told this to one of his data scientists who felt a little reluctant to join in on some of the festivities around the holidays in lieu of working: “The fun should be mandatory.”
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