How many of these people actually enjoy their work? How many people are stressed, anxious or depressed about their jobs?
When I first joined the workforce at seventeen, I felt quite distressed about the impact it was having on me. I went to see a doctor because I couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. He was an older man and he told me, “that is just what life is. I get up each morning and go home each night, just like you do…” I think he was saying “Get over it. That’s life! ” I always remember him when I question our economic system that requires a good percentage of us to work and pay taxes for the infrastructure we enjoy.
I have included a link of a great blogger EOF737 (Elizabeth) who got me to thinking about work and what we could do with our lives if we didn’t have to work. I hope you will have a read – all Elizabeth’s posts are inspiring.
So I started out thinking about NOT WORKING and in contrast, the great things about having some work. In a good work scenario (I know not all workplaces are good) I enjoy such things as:
- the social aspect – conversations with a diverse range of people
- money – this is an obvious one – it provides a buffer against stress and struggle
- a sense of being of value for what I can do
- the chance to do something completely different from I would if I was at home all the time
- a sense of belonging to something bigger
- the chance to quiet a busy mind of personal stuff – refuge from the questions about why are we here
- a purpose for getting up in the morning
- something else to talk about after the day at work
- learn new things – keep the brain active
- a chance to dress up
- the reassurance of the self-esteem
Most of these things are intangible and we don’t notice them until they are not there. So, I reluctantly conclude that going to work can be good for us 🙂 Can you suggest any other reasons why work is GOOD for us?