Fun and Frivolous

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“I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”

~Chief Joseph


A friend of mine, that I have been coaching, told me about her big break through this week.  She stated:

“I’m tired of my serious persona!”

She has decided that she is tried of being so serious all of the time and has decided to start sprinkling fun and frivolous into her life.  How awesome is that!

Funny thing…our conversation reminded me of how I’ve been sprinkling fun and frivolous into my professional life for the past 5 years.  From group quote boards…to pink safety boots…to comic book superpowers, I’ve been turning Corporate America from a place of being serious to a place of having fun.  My latest sprinkling consists of “mood nail polish” and “red shoes” in preparation for a week long North America Strategic Meeting next week which I will be leading…as I’m a firm believer that people are more productive at work when…

Work = Play

Below is a poem to inspire you on your own personal quest to sprinkle more fun and frivolous into your own life.


WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE
~Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

 

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