Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How I Miss 9 to 5

Lately I've been missing nine to five. Back when I was a kid; that was your work hours. Unless of course you happened to be a farmer (then all bets were off). But if you were just a regular Joe, you could count on your Dad pulling in the driveway around 5:30pm. Mom would have dinner ready on the table. My siblings and I would see how fast we could scoff down our food so we could return to the backyard for some more play before the sun gave up for the day.

But things are different now. If you are one of the lucky ones who still have a job, you're holding on for dear life. Realizing that your pink slip may soon show up at the top of the pile, you no longer work to live, but must live to work.

The day is gone when Dad left for work sometime around 8:15 am. Some kids don't even get to see their Daddies in the morning. Unfortunately, some don't get to see their Mommies either.

If you think this way of life isn't affecting us; take a long hard look around you. When was the last time a stranger smiled at you, held a door, or borrowed sugar? When was the last time you sat down to dinner with the entire family, gone on vacation, or given up your place in line?

We are overtired, overworked, hurried, underpaid, overindulged, and blinded by simplicity. We have taken someone else's definition of who we "must" be, where we "must" be; and turned it into our own credo.

It's time to slow down, and to become happy once more.

How about you start tomorrow. Let's say 9 am.


Barbara said...

I agree with you Mary, about the bitterness. This is the best time for all of us to simplify, simplify, simplify. Be grateful for what we have and live with purpose.
Thanks for stopping by today!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Unfortunately, the real world is just as you describe. I AM overworked, overtired. But I try to stay happy, try to stay upbeat, and I ALWAYS smile at strangers and go out of my way to make someone else's day. We're never too busy for a simple smile, for a word of thanks.

Actually, I have been forced to slow down this week. My little 15 month old doggie was attacked and almost killed and is under doctors orders to "do nothing but sit and watch tv for two weeks." Only she doesn't quite understand and wants to get up whenever I do. So I'M sitting and watching tv. Kinda nice. I could get used to this.