A day is long and full

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Edison

“Well the average work day is eight ours long and the week is 40 hours long.” That is what my dad told me when I asked about working. As a child work was this magical place my parents went off to after I left for school. They went to work and came back with the money to buy food, water and clothes for me and my sister. I was interested in the how and the why. How did work happen why did people give you money. Dad explained it to me the 14 year old mind whirling and trying to grasp the concepts of capitalism and Keynesian economics.

I am a little older than 14 now and my head still whirls around when I try to understand capitalism and Keynesian economics. Don’t get me wrong, I  really dig  capitalism. It is a great system, you put in the work sell the most widgets, have some luck on your side and you can be a success story.  I just think it is a complicated system.

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Take for example the 8 hour work day.  We have the organized labor party and movement to thank for the eight hour work day. Thanks very much for that. I love the slogan that wad coined when the push was being made for the eight hour work day. “Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation, Eight hours rest.”

Eight hours, 480 minutes, doesn’t seem like a lot of time does it? The time at work is short but if we work and do what we are capable of withing these eight hours we will shock and astound ourselves. Thomas Edison was right.

It is Tuesday, and you may be stuck at work feeling the mundane setting in, you start to feel disinterested, fatigued and disconnected.  I am not sure about you but when this starts happening for me at work I take a deep breath, check the time (of course) and remind myself of two things, 1. I am capable of amazing things and 2. eight hours is enough time to accomplish these amazing things. You can do whatever it is you are working on. You have the time and the ability. The voice in your head that says you can’t do this is a liar!

If you have worked as hard as you can and not reached your goal don’t fret.  There is a hidden benefit to hard work. “Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing your self to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” ~ Mary Lou Retton


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