Last Thursday, I attended Catholic Business Network talk by Sr Linda Lizada, R. C. She belongs to Religious of the Cenacle.
The theme Work: Pleasure or Pressure. I was really excited to attend the talk to learn more how can find more joy in the work I do.
Sr Linda suggest that both pleasure and pressure we experience at work are two sides of the same coin. They come from the same sources. These are the areas which they might come from in our work environment:
- Work environment
- My task and responsibilities
- My immediate supervisor
Last year, I felt depressed at work because one project I handled didn’t progress well. Client was not happy and the project budget overrun. I was too occupied with problems, seeing the problem to be so big that it overwhelmed me. I guessed it is all in my mind. I was lucky I got support from my wife. Every time I went to meeting with client, I will text her, ask her to pray for me. My hope was the meeting would go well, she prayed that I would be given strength to resolve the issues at hand. Well, ultimately the project was completed. I was really happy. I learned that it is really about perspective, how I see the situation in, whether I focus on the issue or I focus on the things which will make me happy (gratitude). I like this saying “What you appreciate will appreciate.”
Few remarks from fellow attendees:
- “Sometimes the pleasure factor can be easily overshadowed by the pressure.”
- “If get pressured by my supervisor, can I stop and don’t pass that pressure to my subordinate” (I really like this remarks)
- “The greatest pleasure I get is the relief from pressure.” (in that sense there will be no pleasure without pressure)
Sometimes the pressure and pleasure at work can come from diversity. It really depends whether we see the diversity as something beautiful, adding richness to our environment, or we see that as differences which creates division.
“No one is responsible for our happiness, but we can help others to discover joy.”
Template for life:
I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life.
Instead, He gave me life so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.
I asked GOD for water, He gave me an ocean
I asked GOD for an flower, He gave me a garden
I asked GOD for an tree, He gave me a forest
I asked GOD for a friend, He gave me You!
I asked for light, God gave me the sun
I asked for water, God gave me rain
I asked for happiness, and God gave me you.