Saturday, July 26, 2008

There Is Such A Thing As Too Much

There are certain things I will never understand in this lifetime, one of which is the need for one to overwork her/himself regardless of whether they are single/married/married with kids/single with kids. Is it an addiction? Is it a need? Does it make them feel complete?

I have seen how much it can hamper so much aspects of a person's life and the sad part is, they are always so damn proud of "the way they work." Most people leave the office 20-30 minutes after official work hours. Workaholics can go as late at 10 or 11 in the evening and come in to work at least an hour before the day officially begins. You try to invite them for dinner or coffee after work but instead they prefer to stay on in the office. Sometimes, during breaks, you will hear them complaining about how much more work they still have to finish. It never ends.

Weekends for them are spent again, in the office. Saturdays or Sundays are just like any normal working day for them.

But the sad fact will stand. When a loved one dies, your life will never ever be the same again. and it may even take you months or years to recover and move on. But when you die, the company you work for may take a minute or 2 to remember you and give honor to you. But the next day, life will go on.

I wish people would start realizing what their real priorities are in life. What should truly matter.

4 comments:

Pavel said...

Good post...

You're right, of course. If you keel over and die at work, they will replace you and that's it.

I know this: when I started working after college, I was one of those people that worked all the time but it was, I now realize, of the expectation placed on me at work, my starting off with a wife and a child underway and the fear of losing my job; trying to impress the boss at work, etc... I now know better. Yes, you have to do well at work, but nothing replaces the time you spent away from your family and it all goes by so fast. I try to make as much time for my kids as I can and won't take time away from them to do overtime work if I can help. Thankfully, I can help it right now, but it wasn't always the case.

Thank you for your blog, btw. I love how you write down your thoughts so well.

Heart of Rachel said...

This is so true. People can devote so much time on their work that they don't realize how it is affecting the family. I agree how time flies so fast. We should make it a point to spent quality time with the people we love.

Heather said...

I feel the same way about my "housework" too though. Sometimes people get so caught up with cleaning their houses all the time that they look and suddenly their kids are grown. Hey, my house might be a little messy, but I'm enjoying my kids.

Sandy C. said...

Well said. I try to relay this to my husband all the time. He is very much a workaholic. Case in point, it's past 10pm, and he's still not home from work. He goes back in to work in just a few hours...