Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why Work is Called Work


Tonight’s topic is all about work. Work is such an important part of our lives. We probably spend the great majority of our lives…to think about it we spend say one third of our lives sleeping. Maybe out of that, we have two thirds leftover. Two thirds, at least, we are eating and then that leaves the rest of it for work.

Now that we’ve established that work is such a vital part of life -- but it is also a part of our culture as well as a part of our psyche. If we go back to the Bible days, it was destined that we toil and labor. It’s almost as if that was out of punishment, given by the Creator for the transgressions of Adam and Eve. In this 21st century, not many people work – - really- really hard. These days, machines and other devices help with manual labor. But almost everyone is working -- or almost everyone is engaged in some activity that is producing us a service or product for others. Of course, at the same time, they provide themselves and their families with some degree of financial stability. It’s a financial resource and that’s so important.

I have had a rather rough time at work lately. It’s not because someone mistreated me or management is not engaging. No, this is all about me and all about the toughness or the difficulties (or the challenges, for lack of a better word) experienced in my work. For the most part, it’s all good. But there’s a production standard and Andre the Encouragement Guy! has had a rather rough time just to meet that standard.

Within the last seven business days, I’ve met my production goals. How? Because my boss had a personal conversation with me; she let me know what was what…and I appreciated that. I think once we know we stand, we step up to the plate -- or we step out. As Viktor Frankl once said, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
Work is a great thing! I believe that work is a true benefit for us. So deep is my belief in this principle, that I’m a member of the Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Club –Justice Marshall retired from the bench at the young age of 87. That doesn’t mean that if you work, you live forever to become immortal. It also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look to enjoy your life in Spain. Life is what it is…that work is more important to our livelihood, beyond that of the financial.

Recently, I saw a man on television; and he retired in his 50’s. He found his life purposes by travelling to India to learn from the great masters. They told him to find and champion a cause. He took to his grounds (grounds is an English word for his property) and he decided to make sculptures…just for no reason at al. There have been some pretty famous people, coming from all over, to see his flat in Britain.
Create or Die was a quote chiseled into one of many statues. For me, the day I cease to work, create, and produce, is the day I cease to be. I Die!

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