I believe in being serious about your job.  Professionalism and focus are always important, but that does not mean we should never enjoy some humor.  Some occupations lend themselves to a more frivolous, frequent humor style while others may tend toward a more conservative, infrequent humor style while others may go a bit to the darker side.

No matter what your livelihood and no matter how hard you work, it is always good to poke at least a little bit of fun at your job.  We can all use a good laugh occasionally.  I shoot for at least several a day myself.  Many have observed the positive effects laughter can have on your overall health and wellness, including the author of an ancient proverb (The Message, Proverbs 17:22):

A cheerful disposition is good for your health.

At this time of year, fruitcakes enjoy a heightened profile.  On that note, I especially appreciate how Father Cyprian (one of the monks at the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri) pokes fun at the abbey’s fruity creations (Donald Bradley, “Where Fruitcake Is Everlasting” The Kansas City Star, December 11, 2013, pp. A1, A8):

Every day this crew makes 125 fruitcakes.  The sale of more than 30,000 cakes annually provides the abbey its revenue stream. . . . For years before starting fruitcakes in 1990, the monks made concrete blocks.  ‘We had to change the recipe slightly,’ Cyprian joked.  ‘And fruitcakes are easier to stack.’” (p. A8)

Well, I hope you don’t think too long about that one upon your next bite of fruitcake.  Then again, maybe you should if it means it will give you a good belly laugh!

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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