Lessons from Kathryn:
She who laughs, lasts!
Kathryn appreciates a good laugh and she welcomes humor into the workplace whether it be that she's the one dishing it out or someone else is. A few times I've had to say, "I hope I didn't freak you out by what I just said..." (I tend to push the envelope, or -- as my husband has said before -- at times I own the whole stationery store). There are times a quip just slips before I think about it and suddenly I think, "ugh, I went too far with that one...." Kathryn assures me, not so. She appreciates that somebody besides her thinks these things and occasionally says them in a crass manner. I can be the queen of crass but I'm trying to think before I speak more. :) (My husband would say, "it's not working very well for you, dear...)
I've always believed it's important to laugh with the people you work with. At the church it's absolutely crucial. If we didn't laugh, we'd have nervous breakdowns. My favorite time of the day is eating lunch with our team at church and laughing our butts off about whatever we happen to be laughing at that day whether it's that Pastor T thinks it "wouldn't be all that hard if he had to perform a C-section" or the fact that a lady has stopped by the church to ask me to "cast a demon out of her van". Sometimes these laughs get me through what would otherwise be very difficult days.
I've realized it's critical no matter where you work to interject humor into the workplace. The Bible says a merry heart is good...like a medicine. Laughter is very healing and we all need a lot more of it.
I'm glad I'm working with someone who is not uptight and likes to laugh. Over the years I have worked with a few people who were wrapped too tight and it just wasn't fun. Kathryn is a great testimony to the fact that you can be thoroughly professional AND fun at the same time.