Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I sometimes wonder if I have that SAD. Now that it's not so cold I feel like dancing around a forest with the woodland creatures.
However, there are other, less far fetched, explanations for my elevated mood.
My work is not offering overtime right now. This means that I have been working 40 hours like a normal person. It's very nice.
On Morning Joe this morning they were discussing whether the money Obama pumped into the economy did any good. One of the phrases that I have heard brought up quite often is 'underemployed'. Underemployed means that people take part time jobs or temporary employment just to get a paycheck when they are really qualified for much more. I believe it also covers those who quit the workforce.
Now from a personal standpoint, I am not near retiring and I was raised to work within an inch of my sanity and life.
Which is kindasorta my point.
Would the United States really be hurt by a changing perspective in regards to work?
For me, work doesn't stop with what I do for a paycheck. Which is just to say I am always working at something. I have lots of interests including writing, and finishing my degree, and .... well there is always something. Even when not being paid I am working at learning something.
I say .... that's not a bad thing.
My Brother says that not everyone is like me.
Maybe not. But I think back to our childhood and recall my Father leaving at dawn and coming home grouchy after more than 12 hours. I recall my Mother working until well after I had gone to bed and being back at it before I'd woken up. The only thing that marked her passing was an empty wineglass on her bedside counter.
Was this necessary to put food on the table? Not by any stretch of the imagination. It ended up being necessary to pay for therapy bills, pills, inevitable drinking and dining vacations, remodeling, more of this .... and more of that.
I will not lie. I was blessed by the economic stability of my childhood and I probably still am being blessed by them it.
The thing about society is that it just ... evolves. Not passively. But it's evolution, which does not necessarily denote progress, but instead merely denotes change in one direction leading to survival within a certain context, is not the result of reasoned thought. It isn't even a result of the direction of our soul except in the loosest sense of the concept.
So.... after that bit of gobledygook let me ask you, or the universe at large...
Who the hell ever thought it was a good idea for every single human being, male and female, of 'worth' to be employed 40+ hours a week?
The United States has less holidays than just about any other country. Other, more ancient, and I think in some ways, more wise countries, have a more lax attitude towards 'work'.
Because at the end of the day I think what our soul cries for is work that contributes meaningfully to the world (which includes everything from being a ditch digger to being the President of the United States), activity that fulfills our need for community, activity that fulfills our need for inactivity such as prayer or meditation, time for self expression, exercise of course .... all of this, in varying parts, every day, throughout the week.
....and so my thought is that we are multidimensional human beings and the 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' .... 'you gotta work work work' ... type of attitude in the United States might need to be change if we really are to get through this crisis.
I reference the bootstraps comment not because it is a bad idea but because it is most commonly used to denote someone who isn't pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.
I think the United States attitude of 'you have to work to make money and get ahead no matter what' will be the thing that will throw the United States back to the stone age.
Let me just take a glance back in time to the woman's movement. It was not a mistake for women to ask for the same opportunity and pay as men. However, the golden ring of women's liberation isn't for women to do the same job as men but for our entire society to value what was considered 'stereotypical women's work'. I do not mean specifically cooking, and cleaning but really the essence of those activities. What I mean is nurturing, empathy, receptivity and doing something for the internal rewards rather than the external rewards. Once that is valued, once we can again are thankful for receiving it and have esteem for it within our society, whether its men or women doing and receiving it, then we will really be evolving.
OKAY! I did not mean to write an essay this morning! I hope everyone has a great day. I have a pretty good day planned. I will be going to jazzercise and the biggest loser weigh in at work .... I am going to my therapist .... I have phone calls to make .... reading to do ... and some writing.
Have a great one!!