Monday, February 4, 2008

Creativity Tips: Mary Poppins Was Right

I was recently at a Fazoli's restaurant, where employees go table to table with hot breadsticks. A woman about my age -- the same woman who had taken our order -- came over with a smile.

"How many breadsticks would you like?" she asked.

"Three," I replied, since there were three of us at the table.

"Just three? Get a few more, and I can build a breadstick pyramid for you!"

We got the pyramid. And I sat there, dazzled at how this woman managed to find joy and creativity in a job that 92.9% of the world would consider "shift work."

What does this have to do with Mary Poppins? As I left the restaurant, this song was playing in my head:

In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun.
You find the fun and snap!
The job's a game.

This week, let's find the fun!


Bud Simpson said...

Maybe having all this fun isn't that great an idea - I mean, if we look like we're enjoying ourselves too much, isn't there the chance that the guys who are paying us will think we're making too much money? D'oh!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Now there's a creative take on it. And you might be right: I've had fun on almost all my jobs, and I did have one boss who kept telling me I was making too much money.

So, I left. For more money. Because she who laughs, lasts.

Thanks for the comment!