This was written fifteen years ago…
Jack shouldn’t have, but the bored customer service representative was reading about situation ethics at work. Jack felt he shouldn’t have been reading at work. It was night and the shop was quiet, but he still felt he should be doing something productive, even in the quiet times. However, he needed to learn about situation ethics from reading a book. Nervous, he anxiously looked around to see if the cameras were observing him doing something he shouldn’t be. But the cameras just stared back at him blankly.
This is not only the reader’s dilemma, of when one wants to read, but should be working. This may be some writer’s dilemma: when one should write, but doesn’t and feels one should be. What does one do? Give up the day job? Write during the day job? Or just be sensible about the whole thing and take things in their own time and place?
I think be sensible, really, and loyal to whatever is required in a certain situation. That’s best, although Jack felt the finger reaching for the pen and paper, when a customer walked in. He thought: I really got to get a handle on this job. It was night and not many customers were coming through…yet there was something he could be doing on the job.
The following was written at another time, for what it is worth today. Still, a sample of life, somewhere, somehow, somebody, everybody. It’s about work-life balance which confronts us today by external events, but this article was written when things were ‘normal’. I’d like to publish it because it’s a piece from my past which I reworked today. I cringe publishing it, but what the heck. I guess these principles still apply.
Work can actually be fantastic and so can rest. Without working, our time away from it may not be as appreciated. Perhaps for someone to appreciate rests and breaks, one has been working and can really appreciate a rest and a break!
When I think of grumpy Monday mornings, when we start the working week, or whatever day one starts, and when we face the fight to keep on working, or complain about work, that is when we don’t really like working and prefer rests and breaks to work. But there is balance between work and rest which is healthy in the long run.
As we all know, breaks are the mortal’s way to rejuvenate. If we don’t break we could breakdown. We can work too much! In fact, there are even laws around how many hours one should be working in a day to protect the health of workers.
One works, one rests. All together in a way that beneficial to the person. And if one can’t work, one may find things to do, and balancing it with rest.
The musing said to the aspiring novelist, who was getting no younger: Hope the younger ones do for the traditional publishers that are still going, depending on what they would write for them. Nothing short than…May just find something else. Something better. So, for you, I will keep the possibility of ‘afresh’ avenues open, as should the younger ones. But keep knocking on the door, from time to time.
Whatever you do do it well-Walt Disney
I’d like to avoid the difficult editing stages of polishing a piece of writing, so I may delay doing it, even so ending up having to do it, because I just gotta. It is thinking about what I want out of the piece that motivates me to “rise up” mentally and take the bull to the horns as they say. Without a good polish, I am left with regret and sorrow over a piece that could have been so much better with a polish. Then, there’s someone saying, “it’s all good” which makes me feel better, but not reassured. To be reassured is knowing that the piece is good in my own mind–but thanks for the encouragement, very much. Keep on polishing until satisfied.
Years ago, I wondered what this meant:
A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”Proverbs 26:13 (NIV Bible)
I think I get it now. I could leave it at that and ask my reader, what do you think it means, but I like to share what I think it means first, because it compels me to share.
I think this proverb means that a sluggard is someone who is afraid to do hard work. The sluggard won’t go outside, to go to work, because a lion is on the streets. Lions like work can be hard to tame and one might get killed if going outside when a lion is there. One may think that working hard will kill you. But I say, if you have no good reason not to work, you should.
Years ago I could not see what this proverb was actually saying–so I took it literally meaning that someone would not go outside if there really was a lion on the street. But that did not make sense somehow so I wondered what it really meant. Although I have never forgotten it. This proverb is a striking use of language that immediately gets the senses going…and when I revisited that proverb again, I finally got it.