Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Joie de Vivre



The way we approach the jobs we have to do makes all the difference in how they get done. A positive attitude makes hard jobs seem easier and simpler to accomplish.

With a healthy dose of  joie de vivre—a cheerful enjoyment of life—we can accomplish the job we have to do while facing what might otherwise seem like torture.

Writers operate like hamsters on a wheel. We start books, agonize over getting to a certain word count, wade through the editing and publication process and then start all over again.  It sounds repetitive enough to make your tired, right? However ...

Our way of dealing with this lengthy process will either exhaust or help us stay the course. Taking on each task with an upbeat attitude makes the creative process one we will enjoy, knowing we're striving for excellent results at the end of each journey.

What approach will you take today? One of joy and gratitude? Or one of joy and gratitude? See what I did there? Go forth, determined to enjoy the tasks that lie ahead of you today!

22 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have planned to take the approach of Joy and Gratitude!

Pat Hatt said...

A great attitude can get one far indeed, plus being a little crazy

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A good attitude can make all the difference.

Luana Krause said...

Loving life and living it!

J.L. Campbell said...

So true, things can look different based on our attitude and approach.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love my life as a writer. I am so grateful I can do this.

allaboutthewriting.com said...

Wonderful post! I find my day is always better when I start out with joy and gratitude, and this is a great reminder to do it with writing tasks too. :)

Donna

Michelle Wallace said...

I love the word... joie de vivre

Thanks for the reminder to live our lives with an attitude of gratitude.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Joy - it's easier to be optimistic and realise we are lucky - and if for a time life is challenging .. then still realise we are lucky .. and let things settle out - still putting your best foot forward with a smile on your face .. cheers Hilary

cleemckenzie said...

Tasks go so much better when you're smiling and enjoying what you're doing. That's my plan. :-)

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Love this post! It reminds me of Disney's Snow White singing Whistle While You Work while she's cleaning house.

Christine Rains said...

You made me giggle! :) It is all about attitude.

Roessel Morton Celeste Nicholas Thornton said...

J is for Joie de Vivre

what cute J name...
Happy Saturday.

klahanie said...

A positive environment starts from within. From there is transcends a positive wish to the outside world. Kind of like the interaction, the empowering of both writer and reader.

I have Joy and Gratitude, that no matter what, no matter how daunting life can seem, a positive distraction works wonders.

Gary

Maria Dunn said...

Love your tips and a joyful attitude should always be at the top of the goal list. I tried to instill the motto "Attitude "A" everyday into my kids. For the most part it seems to have taken hold in their lives and I am very grateful for that. On the journey of writing and tackling hard jobs, that makes sense as a good goal as well. Thanks. Maria

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. The IWSG is blessed to have so many positive and uplifting people!

Gail said...

Can you hear me now???

Darla M Sands said...

Great advice. I try to wear a smile even if the feeling isn't there. It does eventually effect my mood as well as those around me. At worst, people wonder what I'm up to. ~grin~ Happy writing!

Debra McKellan said...

"Great joy and gratitude...From both of them."

Deanna Troi, Star Trek TNG, Encounter at Farpoint pt. 2. lol

WM Anderson said...

I was a bit light on for joy and gratitude today... but reading your post just helped...
Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

i b arora said...

attitude makes a man

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm going to take one day at a time after I sit down and make a spreadsheet of some kind. The point is to be happy despite whatever happens.