Friday, April 26, 2013

A To Z Challenge


 Chinese philosophy of working for worldly goods is only to work a third of the day.  Another third is for finding things for our spiritual happiness (like being with our family or spending time reading or entertaining and the last third is for sleep. Then why do we define ourselves by describing the job we do? Why don't we say that "She is so and so and is a cat lover or likes embroidery or he loves to cook"? Well, these tasks will be associated only if they are done professionally like an animal trainer or a chef or a designer.

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I understand that Work is one resource that helps us get food, shelter and clothing which are the three main resources to live. The problem I have with work is that we give work so much importance that we tend to forget that it is only a means not an end, just like money. 

Product DetailsMost professional people like doctors and nurses and even lawyers are so much engrossed in work that they hardly enjoy their money. It is a different thing that their families especially their children get used to buying expensive things which are used as a trade off for the time missed with each other. 

Unemployment rate in the State of New York has gotten better, which is really good. Sometimes I wish that people who can afford to have their lawn done would hire someone to do it instead of saving money and doing it themselves. Even some other chores can be shared in exchange of even minimum wage.  There are people who really want to make an extra buck because they need that buck. 

In India we had women who came to do dishes for my mom. I offered to do dishes after school. My father said that I should not take away someone else's job. They had a family to support. 


Patricia Bacon said...

Just dropped in from the A-Z list! Very nice blog, Good "W" word. Interesting view of working. I find it so refreshing to see things through another's eyes! good for you!

Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

Shelly said...

I love your wise posts. It's so true that too often we derive our identity only from our work, and it's so much more. Thank you for the reminder~

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Munir,
Thanks always for your visit and comment; it means a lot to me.
Very nice posting and some food for thought.
Wishing you a happy weekend.

pagadan said...

Good point about hiring people who need the work... We have to decide if we need to save the money and/or need the exercise.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Your father sounds like a very wise and compassionate man. I'm sure he taught you many valuable lessons.


Granny Annie said...

I draw, crochet, cook and write. My days are busy, but when it comes to defining myself, I usually say, "I am a retired banker."

Launna said...

I agree with you that if you have the money, you should offer someone a small job that you need done... you get the job done and someone benefits with a little money they need:)