Are we working too hard?

‘If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?’

I came across this tweet a couple of minutes ago and I just HAD to blog about it. I mean, if we were to look at this question, we can see that the irony is about as plain as day.

So here’s the question – are we working too hard? and why?

Let’s face it. In this day and age, money speaks volumes. Moreover, our living cost is going up up and up. Some people are going on about not being too materialistic and stuff…but well…even if we take away our luxuries and live with only the bare essentials…we still need money, don’t we? If you don’t have enough $$$, you’re as good as gone. Where are you going to get shelter, food and water – our 3 basic human needs.

So we still end up having to work. Some luckier ones land themselves a high-paying job, while others not-so-lucky ones land up with a not so well paying job but still able to tide them through life with budgeting and what-nots.

There are a couple of reasons why we would kill ourselves working. Sometimes it’s cause of desperation – whereby we really have to work that hard just to make ends meet. Other times? Well, we could simply be workaholics or we lead a materialistic lifestyle and WANT the money.

Of course, these aren’t the only reasons. There are others too.

Regardless of reasons, there are those of us who kill ourselves working: some literally and some figuratively. (no don’t use this as an excuse to be a lazy bum and stay at home doing nothing all day)

So how do you tell if you’re really working ‘too hard’? Two main obvious effects:

  1. Your health starts to deteriorate rather badly (spike in blood pressure, headaches, chest pains etc.)
  2. You are sacrificing your relationships with your loved ones (wife, children, mother, father etc.)

So do you think you’re working too hard? Why do you do so? For wealth and riches? Or to make ends meet? Or is it something else altogether?


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