Friday Two Cents: Joie De Vivre Within The Daily Grind

Joie De Vivre – the joy of living, enjoyment of life, a French phrase meaning joy of living, used to mean enjoyment or love of life.

Joie De Vivre, I have been exploring this phrase/way of living for some time now. I have found that trying to live my life in this way has its advantages. I have found that many things do not bother me as they once did. Yet this feeling has been stirring in me for quit some time.
Many years ago, when I was working as an early childhood educator (ECE), I also worked part-time as a graphic designer/print specialist. I worked on creating ads, print materials and other advertising related tasks at an ad agency. I found the work enjoyable but a bit unfulfilling. Many people there found me a bit too liberal-minded and my art/designs reflected that thinking. In the end I decided to leave and put all my efforts in becoming a teacher. I wanted to help others explore their individual wants and desires through their own creative expression. Either through writing, math, sports, art or something else that makes them happy. The rest, as they say is history.
This week I was working in a class and even though I have been trying to maintain a sense of order and discipline within the class, I have seen many examples of the students exploring the world through their own creative expression. Watching them explore and discover just enhanced my own idea of ‘Joie De Vivre’. Even in my daily grind, I am able to enjoy life, either through the smile of a child or in a conversation with a fellow teacher.
My interaction with the students are usually very enjoyable, yet I found talking or more often than not, listening to my fellow teachers about their lives, truly filled my life with joy. Not because they have problems but because I was able to connect with them on a human level. Talking to them face to face, instead of through some form of social media about their work with the students, interactions with the parents or just on life. Connecting to people is a part of my ‘Joie De Vivre’. Unlike working at a desk and creating things, I am able to interact with people.

In the end, these interactions are the most inspiring part of my life.  

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