September 17, 2011

It was not a very good time.

I had an appointment with a potential client in one of those high rises in Ortigas and people were rushing to their respective offices. Squeezed like sardines inside aluminum cans people were pressed together inside the small cubicle. A lady’s hair was right in front my face and I can smell the shampoo scent. In fact I could smell different shampoo scents as we traveled up the different flights.

The thing that is so noticeable about elevator rides is that there is no talking inside. People are either looking down at their shoes or looking up at the lighted buttons. Occasionally interrupted by words like, “excuse me” as people get off their floor that is pretty much the sight you see every time you take an elevator ride during peak hours. This reminds me of a story told by Tony Campolo about his own experience inside an elevator.

Tony says: I seem to be particularly dangerous when I get on elevators. Our society teaches us to turn and face the doors and stand there quietly. But in my younger days, I loved to turn around and face the others in the elevator with me and say something like, “You’re probably wondering why I called this meeting.”

Once when I was in the elevator of a New York skyscraper filled with very serious- faced business people, I smiled and said, “Lighten up. We’re going to be traveling together for quite a while. What do you say we sing?” Incredibly, they did! I don’t know whether they were intimidated by me or just wanted to have some fun, but businessmen and businesswoman with attaché’ cases in hand and businesswoman in their power suits joined me in singing, “You Are My Sunshine.”

When I got off at the seventieth floor, one man got off and walked down the hall with me, wearing a big smile on his face. I asked him, “Are you going to do the same meting I’m going to?”

“Nah, “he said.” I just wanted to finish my song.”

And this popular author Campolo is right.

There are many people I know who do not even have time to sing a song let alone finish it. Caught up with the rat race they have forgotten that life is not all out work or making money or building a career but life is about being still, being thankful and having a song in the heart.

Most people want to be happy. But they do not know what they want.

Happiness is so temporary. Happiness is so fleeting. Happiness is so elusive.

What people need is joy.

Joy comes from the inside while happiness is so dependent on happenings.

Tim Hansel says: “Happiness is a feeling. Joy is an attitude. A posture. A position. A place.” But I like what Dwight L. Moody has to say about joy:


“Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about. The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.”

And so that is the key.


This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. chrisdaoanis

    Let there be joy and joyous singing. 🙂
    Keep motivating. Keep inspiring.
    Thanks, Sir Francis.

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  3. ethel

    Thank you for inspiring always! God bless you more as you share your gifts and talents!

  4. jeffrey rovira

    Hi Sir. Francis 🙂 i love singing, and it keeps me up everytime i feel down esp in serious business real estate sales. Lol! 😀 Thank You so much Sir.Francis More Power. 🙂

  5. sherylcruz

    I am always inspired with the short story you’ve post.
    It made my day brighter & complete. Hope to see & hear
    your talks personally.
    Sir, may I inquire also how to invite you to be our guest speaker
    to our organization? Thank you so much

  6. Joyous

    Just like my name that’s full of JOY. hehehe I so like the post. Thank you so much, I really enjoy reading and was quite inspired. Keep posting! =)

  7. Edna Mata Prieto

    Hi Fransis, Great!!! So inspiring and sure giving joy to the heart of the readers.
    love it…. Best regards from your avid fans in Metro.

  8. Jerome David

    Thank you for inspiring sir. May God bless you always

  9. Mina

    Hi Sir Francis, This is great! Keep motivating people around the globe. This is really true especially for the busy working people like us. 🙂

  10. dan

    It is really nice to meet people like Tony. They remind you of simple things we forget to enjoy and be thankful of.

    God bless Mr. Franics! =)

  11. graceomercado

    simply inspiring and motivating… i love reading all your posts… you’re keeping me alive with joy… maraming salamat, sir!

  12. emma

    ♫♪I’ve got joy down in my heart….deep deep down in my heart ♫♪ 🙂

    I never fail to read every single post Sir Francis! Hope to attend one of your talks again soon! God Bless you!

  13. sandy

    Hi, Mr. Kong,

    I am now the Corporate Trainer in the company where I’ve worked for the past 20 years and I’ve never been so fulfilled. Thanks you so much for the inspiration. Wish you all the best.

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