In an earlier post on kaizen spirit has generated fine comments.
I'd like to expound on the related concept: cheerfulness.
I'm not referring to the Pollyanna variety -- shallow, rootless, Ill-informed by life...
I mean the real deal: deeply rooted cheerfulness, fully informed of life's ups and downs -- and showing a sunny smile to life regardless.
"Yes, life is tough. There are plenty of reasons to be depressed. But here I am -- in spite of everything."In spite of everything -- I'd suggest this humble phrase summarizes the spirit of kaizen.
We ain't got much money, we're in an old plant, in a mature industry -- but we're making things a little better every day...
I see that same spirit now in Japan; have no doubt they'll meet their troubles with resolve -- and cheerfulness.
I remember an old, esteemed aikido sensei (in my martial arts days).
"You must have a big heart, Pascal-san."Then he cupped his hands on his chest -- an expanding heart.
(See chapter 13 of Andy & Me )
I've never forgotten the lesson.