Today I was working at Starbucks and was right next to a couple who was meeting their wedding photographers to get their wedding photos. They had purchased a large package including slide show, photo albums, the whole sha-bang.
I couldn’t help but watch their exchange because of the amount of happiness shared. Now you may think this is obvious because the newlyweds were receiving documentation of the most special day of their lives, but the thing that intrigued me was that most of the excitement was not coming from the newlyweds but was coming from the photographer. As he watched the newlyweds scroll through all the photos he had taken, he couldn’t hold back the genuine happiness he had by seeing complete strangers enjoy his work. His smile was larger than the bride looking at her own wedding photos! He looked as if he was a little kid in a candy store.
How often do you smile like that in your job? That feeling is something we should strive for in our work because at that moment, we could care less about all the external things in life and understand that happiness is correlated towards internal things. That wedding photographer may not be the wealthiest person in the world, but I am not sure what amount of money could replace that feeling he gets every time he meets with new business clients.
This exchange was just a simple reminder that we should always be striving towards figuring out what our purpose in life is. Personal happiness is driven my meaning and connectedness with other people. How can we improve our daily work lives to incorporate more meaning and genuine connectedness with others?