Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Thought du Jour: Work

A quote for the day:
Work is meant to be a slice of your life, not the whole pizza.

I've long thought that workaholics will have a shorter life span than everyone else. A life that has no fun is doomed to end sooner than it otherwise would. A little leisure time is healthy. Besides, as the saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Or Jill a dull girl, if you will.

Workaholics would say, "But I'll be rich, and I won't have to depend on the government once I'm 70! I'll enjoy myself then." Well, yeah, but that's assuming you make it to 70 without breaking down from stress, and also assuming that you haven't become a cranky old man or woman. Working becomes a habit, and it's a good one, as long as it's not your only habit.

Then, too, being rich isn't everything. It's nice to have some money in your pocket, but if it means that you sacrifice the two absolute most important things- God and your family- then you'd be better off broke. Having no one to share your life and your wealth with would most likely make you into a miserable old miser. Share your wealth, even if you don't know who you're sharing it with. Also, riches won't make you happy for eternity. There's streets of gold in heaven, but you have to get there first.

On the flip side, of course, no work and all play makes Jack a lazy idiot. A little work now and again won't hurt you, unless of course your life's work is to be a target for an archery class.

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