If you read my post last week, you know I was in Paris on vacation and free of all my normal worldly accountabilities. So, yes it was grand.

One experience in particular seemed to fit in with my dialogue with you. We went to a concert of Vivaldi in a small chapel called St. Chapelle very close to Notre Dame. Two days prior to the concert, we saw a poster on a street corner in Saint Germaine where we were staying, got tickets through our concierge, and “voila!” we were transported to a magnificent experience we didn’t expect.

The performing group was four violins, one cello, and a clavicord. The lead violinist was Bertrand Cervera with whom we spoke after the concert and learned he plays with the national symphony (the link above is Cervera, Vivaldi and the same chapel, but not the same group). That night, the music was beautiful, but it was the performance that struck us. We happened to be in the front row, so we had a very intimate view of each performer. As they played and swept us into the music, we saw how much they enjoyed the playing and each other. When Monsieur Cervera made some flashy gestures, the pianist smiled at the viola player. When we clapped, one or more of them smiled and nodded as if they really appreciated our appreciation. They seemed delighted throughout including the encore the audience called for. We bought their CD and listened to it this weekend. The CD was much more polished and also beautiful, but was missing the visual experience of joy.

“Jouie de Vivre” is defined as a way of being—a joy of living. What I took away from this experience is the joy imbedded in the mastery of our craft and the sharing of our work. I love my work—really love my work. Not everything I do, of course. But, the core of my work, the part that uses my talent, is a complete joy to me. It’s hard work. I’m not always confident I know exactly what to do, but I en-joy finding the path.

I am starting this fresh week of work committed to being fully in the love of my work. It’s so easy to feel the pressure of not only work, but my important life that surrounds my work. I’m committed to moving through the work of it and enjoying the craft of it.

What do you love about your craft? Are you enjoying it each day? This week, stay present to the core of your talent and enJOY the work of it.

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