There is More to Life than Work

@edvc77 (2144)
Philippines
November 28, 2012 7:26am CST
Sometimes "work" becomes an idol. Some people think of work, work, and work only. All they could think of is to gather money and become richer and richer. And they want everybody to work like a carabao. One will be disappointed with these kind of people. I hope and pray that some people will realize that is more to life than work. I just wonder why these people have this kind of principle? Do they have fear of not having money or they would just want to crave for more? or they just want to do something with their hands always? Why?
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@coldnpale (555)
• Greece
28 Nov 12
Work is important but one should not overdo it! There is a saying that goes something like this: "You should work to live, not live to work." I believe its meaning is exactly what this discussion is all about. Work and money on its own don't bring happiness, if you don't have the time to enjoy life. It's nice to realise this, and make sure you don't become a workaholic.
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@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
I think I agree on that saying," You should work to live, not live to work." Thanks for this. Have a nice day! God Bless
• Bangladesh
28 Nov 12
Let them work as long as they want to work. Let them earn as long as the feel energy to work. May be someday they will have leisure to enjoy their tiredness with the money they had earned before. Its the money without which there is no existence of enjoyment. Without enjoyment man cant live.
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
Many people nowadays believe that in order for them to survive, they have to work work work and earn a lot of money for themselves, families, and friends. But actually, what most people fail to understand is that they are working for a goal which every human strive for. That goal is happiness. Many people work in order to find pleasure and happiness. They work to get what they need and want and earn money for what? - their happiness. With money, they know they could help a lot more people than when they do not have money and that is sincerely true. But the worst part is when people become slaves for money. As you say, there is more to life than working and i agree with you. We should always try to balance our pleasure and living our life with our working days. Have a great day!
@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
That is the sad part wherein money becomes a master. Thanks for your response.
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@vernaC (1494)
• Romania
28 Nov 12
For common people with employers, yes, they have to work and work and work, they don't have a choice they have a boss, they have to work or lose the job. But for the employers who keep them working almost without a rest even on holidays, they're the one who's obsessed with money.
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@Arieles (2475)
• United States
28 Nov 12
Yes, there is more to life than work, but without work you have nothing. You have to work to live. You have to work to feed your family, to put a roof over their heads, to keep them safe. You have a boss that says, if you don't come to work, there are plenty of other people out there that want your job. I think the majority of people would work less if they knew their jobs would be safe working only a 40 hour week, but in reality sometimes it just can't be done. Some people consider themselves lucky if they find any work at all. Why do people work? They have responsibilities, nothing in this life is free. You work for what you get.
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@Arieles (2475)
• United States
28 Nov 12
Many people also work for the benefits that come along with the job, though we know few jobs offer benefits, but some jobs do. Those jobs are worth their weight in gold.
@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
I agree with you and I understand the principle of work. In fact, I love to work. However, my point is there must be balanced in regards to work and being human as well.
• United States
28 Nov 12
I agree, Ed. Life is a lot more important than work. Nowadays people are just trying to get ahead. We all want what the rich has and more of it that values, morals, even something simple like quality time goes out the window just to chase pipe dreams. I myself included. Life is precious and very short. Live it to the fullest.
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@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
I agree with you. It is kind of sad. These people are missing something and great things in life. Thanks for your response. Have a nice day!
• India
28 Nov 12
Hi friend, Some persons are very much interested in earning a lot and fulfill the needs and necessities of the family members and concentrating a lot with their profession to earn more, so this kind of people are spending a lot of time in their professional life and forget about their family and personal life. In fact this kind of people forget that they are earning money for their family needs and family is important than earning money. We must allocate time for our personal life and take care about our family members. There is nothing wrong in being professional and concentrating with our work, at the same time, we must give importance to our family members and spend some time with them to make them happy and show them that we are taking care of them as well as having a lot of love and affection with our family members. Organizing and balancing our time for both family and professional need is very important and we must allocate certain time for our work as well as family needs. Don't spend most of your time with your profession and work for round the clock as a machine, spend some time for your family needs and make them to have fun and enjoyment. We will feel the real happiness in our life while spending our time with our family members. Never miss this kind of real fun and happiness in your life and always allocate time for your family. Great people, VIP and celebrity persons always allocate certain time for their family members, they have a balancing schedule for their family as well as professional life, as a common person we too follow this kind of way and allocate some time for our family and spend our time with them in a happy way. Don't think about your office and professional things while you are spending your time with your family. Have a balanced life and allocate time to both family and profession to enjoy the life in a lively manner.
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@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
Thank you so much for your good advices. I agree on what you have said. One should really allocate time for family and not only think of work. There must be balanced in everything. And that is my point too that humans are not machines. One must realize that there is more to life than work. Thanks for your response. Have a nice day!
@jpso138 (7832)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
Well, to some people that could be. But perhaps there are people who love t o work and for them, work is happiness. That could be a different story. True indeed, there are those who work all the time without considering that life is not all work but at time we need to play and enjoy. I am saddened by those who only work for the money, after all, we cannot bring money in the after life.
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@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
I agree with you. Some people love to work. In fact, I was a workaholic before. The point is humans are not robot. One should manage his people well and consider that they get tired as well. There must be balanced in regards to work and being human as well. Thanks for your response. Have a nice day!
28 Nov 12
People work to earn a living. They push themselves to the limit to get a good pay and be able to meet their needs. However, there is really more to life than work. i think the key there is to learn how to balance every aspect in our lives. To have a little bit of everything would really be wonderful.
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@edvc77 (2144)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
That is my point. There must be balanced in regards to work and being human as well. Thanks for this. Have a nice day!
@jenny1015 (13401)
• Philippines
29 Nov 12
The best example I can think of is my father in law. He grew up with no father coz he drowned during a typhoon in the 1940's. So my father in law grew up with his mother and siblings who barely had anything to eat. Some of his siblings were adopted by their relatives and so they were sent to school. He however was left under the care of his mother with his youngest sister. He worked at a young age so that they could eat and also he has sent himself to school and his youngest sister. he would walk a total of 20 km each day to go to and from school coz sometimes he doesn't have money to take a bus. When he started working, his boss thought that he had a potential to become successful because he was really diligent. My father in law also got a strong will of really making it good. One time he loaned money from his boss so he could start his own small business. And in no time, he became richer than his boss. When I became part of their family, he always gets a lot of projects. He was a contractor. He earned millions with the said business. But the sad part is, even though he had enough, he still thinks he has less and is afraid that he would lose all the money that he has. He had several buildings made and made it into commercial spaces. And now, although he has retires, he still does not stop thinking on how to earn more. He does not go on a vacation or even to short trips to relax. He'd just rather stay at home and worry about all other things.
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@wolfie34 (26886)
• United Kingdom
28 Nov 12
Work is only part of life and not the entirety, to have a balanced and enjoyable life we have to have other things apart from work that we do on a day to day basis, like going to the gym, swimming, relaxing, reading a book, going out for a meal, socializing with friends. Granted we need money, so that is why work. I have known of some people who have thrown their life into work, worked hard all their life, and when it came to their retirement they weren't well enough to enjoy it. Life is too short so we must make time to enjoy it, not work it.
@bLadeee (404)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
This is what we call greed where we seek for more and more things in this world including money. Everyone of us have this trait but not all of us can control our greediness. In this era it is normal to go for work and earn, earn and earn more money since we can't afford anything in this world without money, which is the truth. The only problem is that we forgot other people, or simply share the blessings that we got.
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@MsTickle (24624)
• Australia
5 Dec 12
Working is not necessarily about making money. I have to work to keep my garden nice and my house clean and tidy. I have to work to look after myself. I have a hobby that I love and I work at it for many hours in a week however, I don't think of it as a chore. I volunteer as a driver for my community and my volunteer work takes up a lot of my time. If we are not working at something then we are playing or being very lazy and expecting someone else to take care of everything. We humans need to be responsible and disciplined because life is meant to be enjoyed through having a proper balance. We make a life for ourselves by achieving through our work. Without work our life is probably empty.
• United States
9 Dec 12
MsTickle, well stated. Yes, we all work, and work provides our lives with a purpose. We must manage our workloads. Many times in life we become overwhelmed in life, and that I believe occurs when the amount of work that we have to do seems never ending. I think this happens a lot when we do not have a good balance in our lives and plan for managing our work loads. What can we do to ensure that we remain productive in accompolishing our work? What can we do to prevent the feelings of overwhelming work loads and burn out from too much work?
@aireanna18 (1914)
• United States
9 Dec 12
Work is a necessary part of life. Work provides us with money for the necessities in life like shelter and food. We have to work to have financial security in life. I do believe that in the 21st century the demands of people's jobs are increasing. This is causing work to become more of a central part of people's lives. I do not think that it is that people want to do nothing except for work rather I believe it that people are under tremendous stress in their jobs to perform. With this happening in the workplace, we place the first priority on work because we must secure our financial security in life. I do believe that many people think in terms if I can just get to the point where I am secure in my job that I can cut back a little bit on working, so that I can have more of a life. The harsh reality is that this rarely happens especially as the work load continues to double. People are being asked to do more with less. The result is that work keeps cutting further into our personal lives. The worst part is that for the most part it is very hard to set boundaries because we must get the work done or suffer the consequences such as poor reviews, performance improvements, and the threats that come that we could lose our job do to not being able to meet the demands of the job. I think the question becomes more in this modern society where we are constantly being pushed past our limits how do we find balance between work and our personal lives? How do we manage to do everything without any of the balls that we are juggling crashing to the floor?
3 Dec 12
i'm glad to meet a person like you. we have the same line of thinking when it comes to work. for me we work for us to sustain our needs, but we do not live only to work. there are people who have dedicated their entire lives to their work, to the extent of neglecting their responsibilities to their loved ones such as moral and emotional support. they think that money is the answer to all problems. i feel pity for them.
@ifa225 (11104)
• Indonesia
30 Nov 12
Since everybody have their price... and everything is counting by money you need to work to stay living and enjoying the life
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
Yeah, I believe on your phrase. It is not necessary to overwork just to reach our goal to be rich and to have a financial freedom.There are a lot of things that should be not set aside. Like family bonding or having a quality time with love ones. It can give happiness that money can't.
@UmiNoor (2798)
• Malaysia
30 Nov 12
Perhaps there are people who love to work. Their work is their life. So they work and work. At one point, I don't think it's just about the money. If it's just about the money then they will stop working once they've accumulated enough money. I think it's more than that. They may just love their work or the satisfaction that the work gives them.
• United States
29 Nov 12
I use to be that way work all the time and as time flew by I missed out on family alot..you can be overworked and underpaid..I managed a store and employees not showed up I had to work it...not a good thing but happens..lost alot of sleep and alot problems as I got older legs hurt and arms, etc..never would reconmend management for any stores that is 24 hours...money was good , but not enough or worth the time,,anyway hopefully everyone think first and ALWAYS make the time to spend with family, make plans stick with it..your family loves ya...your money and work does not..it will just replace ya...something to think about..do not quit but do not give up on family either...
• United Arab Emirates
29 Nov 12
While it is true that there is more to life than work, we tend to view workaholic people as those who only strive for more money and riches. Little do you know that they probably have financial obligations they need to settle or they are preparing for an incoming expense. We have no right to judge others since we can only see a part of their life. We can only judge ourselves. Ideally, we should strike a balance. Like in my case however, since I'm in a financial recovery from almost 10 years of having debt up to my throat, I prefer to be working all the time since I'm in need of plenty of money to put my life back on track. I at times reward myself by relaxing or eating a bit more but on most days, it's practically work, work, work for me. If I feel like not loving work anymore, I just remind myself "Love what you do and you will never work another day in your life."
• United States
29 Nov 12
Hi! I think some of it has to do with the uncertainty of the economy as compared to a few years ago. You are right in saying that there is more to life than work as one does need a balance with hobbies and family. Lol-I've had to remind myself on occasion as I too get a little lost in work/ chores. Remember Ferris Bueller? "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Be well!