Work to Live, Don't Live to Work
Author Unknown | 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 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 immeasurable happiness.

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.