Adapted from: A posting on: ABDG Discussion Group
It's 5:00 o'clock in the morning, the alarm sets off. You get out of bed.
You take a bath. You have your breakfast. You leave the house. You're now
ready to face another working day. Or are you?
When I was a kid, I would ask my mother why she and my father had to work.
She would always tell me that they had to, so we would have the money to
buy food, to pay for the bills, to pay for our schooling (we come from a
middle income family). Both my parents worked. But I'm really grateful to God
that, inspite of that, we were never lacking in love, time, nor care
from our parents. As a matter of fact, my brothers and I grew to be
responsible individuals because our parents really took care of us.
Although they were at the office 5 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm,
they still found time to look after us, and teach us our lessons in the
evening. They made sure that we did our homework. They didn't pressure us
to aspire for honors, but we were motivated enough to study hard so we'd
get good grades.
It was our way of repaying our parents who never complained of working. I
guess fate has been really good to me and my brothers because, modesty
aside, all of us managed to land in the top of our respective classes.
My parents taught me that one has to work in order for him to live a good
life. They stressed, however, that this should not be taken as having to
live just to work! They said that work should only be a part of life....it
should not occupy one's whole existence. And they lived this
philosophy---at the end of the work day, they would leave all their
work-related problems in the office so that time at home could be devoted
to us 100%, no less.
I must say that I agree with them. To this day, I still hear their message
that work should be just a part of life and not life itself.
I pity those people who have lost their way in this game called life. They
have forgotten how to really live because they work too hard. There's
nothing wrong with striving at work, but people must watch out for signs
that they have begun to work ourselves to death.
Remember that anything in excess is bad.
Maybe, they want to achieve something badly, that's why they work so hard.
But I believe that success in the workplace doesn't always bring happiness.
To be successful means that you have to sacrifice some things. And
sometimes, you end up sacrificing your family, your friends, your life. You
achieve your professional goals, but you lose your self. Then you wonder if
the lose is worth the gain.
Everybody's wish in this world is happiness. And there are many ways to be
happy. But when we work too hard or worry too much, we often forget that
the simple things in life, are those that make us happy.
A call from an old friend, a smile from a stranger, the sight of a lovely
flower, a surprise gift, a filling meal, a pat on the back, etc. It doesn't
require much to get these gifts. These gifts are for free, but they provide
Work to live, don't live to work. Find time for yourself, for your family,
for your friends. Keep in mind that your priority is your loved ones, and
not your work. Everybody deserves to be happy and I hope that everyone
grows old without any regrets in life. I hope each of us will have a smile
on our faces when we reminisce the old times. I hope that everyone finds
living exciting, wonderful. It is my wish that we would all find the time
to do the things that really matter the most. Let us work hard, not purely for our professional goals, but for a better life.