Bug: A joy worker

Bug had the worst job and the best attitude. He washed dishes nonstop in scalding water and told jokes the whole time, gnawing on empty lobster shells whenever he had a chance. When his soap bubbles climbed to eye level, he’d scoop up the excess with his arms, filling huge trash cans with suds. “You go in here now,” he’d say in the kind of voice usually reserved for babies. “I have no room for you in the sink anymore. Go now. Go.”

— Melinda Blanchard and Robert Blanchard
A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean

Bug is one blissed-out dude. If you read the Blanchards’ tale about their experience opening a restaurant on the island of Anguilla, Bug pops in and out of the narrative like an inner-lit, happy human firefly on the periphery of the action.

I didn’t want what the Blanchards had, I wanted what Bug had!

Joy workers are those who seek joy in all they do. More than that, they create joy in all they do. That was Bug.

Joy workers are the most flexible human beings alive. They may switch jobs, careers, locales. They may favor part-time to experience fullness elsewhere in the space of their week . . .

Necessary workers do work that is necessary (for society or for survival, as in for a paycheck). They also do what is necessary in the job and little more. 

The world is filled with necessary workers.

It is inherent within each necessary worker to become a joy worker, possibly even a vision worker.

Necessary work is the stuff you do because it must be done as part of your existence. It is the first work you hire out when you become successful — hopefully to a joy worker! Who will then elevate that position to perfection.

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