I believe it was Confucius who said "Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." While I have always had a vague understanding of what that meant, it's meaning was really driven home to me recently as I was standing in line waiting to pay for my morning caffeine fix. There were 2 men at the counter ahead of me who obviously knew each other. I overheard one of them say that he just got back from vacation, and it really sucks to go back to work after having a week off. His buddy responded by saying that it really sucks to go to work after the weekend. Not to be outdone, the clerk responded with it just sucks going to work. I am sure that they all had a life outside of work, and all did things that they enjoy, but their focus was on the unpleasant aspect of their lives.
Years ago, I was visiting my cousin and he told me that he often comes home from work and goes straight to bed, the stress of his job leaves him with a headache every night and he cannot function normally outside of work. I asked him why he didn't find another job, his response was, "I am too old and have been here too long to start something new." He was 22 at the time.
I couldn't help but wonder how many people are in that same situation, who are working just to survive and have no real purpose or meaning in life. They live for the weekend and their 2 weeks of paid vacation each year. Their dissatisfaction in their jobs eventually affects their productivity, their relationships, and ultimately, their health. All of this directly affects our economy and society as a whole, a problem that cannot be resolved with a government bailout, no matter how big.
With all the bad news we are bombarded with on a daily basis, I think it is time to change our focus. I am not suggesting that we ignore what is going on in our world, just that we focus more on what is good. When our outlook changes, our circumstances cannot be far behind.
Do what you can to make it a great day.
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