Friday, December 27, 2013

Working Your Fingers to the Bone and an Early Grave!

If you are going to work hard and work your fingers to the bone then make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. I have nothing against hard work if the purpose of that hard work is to improve the quality of your life, meaning you have time to enjoy life and leisure. Human beings do not live forever, we were born to die, the day we were born the only thing that was certain is our death.

All I am saying is that we all should be careful of adopting this work till you drop attitude when most times we do not see what we are working for. As far as I am concern we work so we can afford to live a quality life, not to spend every waking hour and second slaving away and then we drop dead… Buff! And the second you drop dead they put a new mindless drone in your seat… I have seen that happen actually… The Dude died of a Heart attack, at about 9 AM just after the stock market opened and by 1 PM someone else was sitting in his seat making sure the reports go out on time… Life should never be defined by work but my leisure and quality time which is the reason we should work…

It never fails to amaze me that in this time of technological advances, we are working longer hours for less pay, less quality time and poorer health, literally working ourselves into the grave…. New Technologies has been invented for the sole purpose of increasing the amount of time we work, even allowing people to take their work with them on family vacations, we are now shackled to our work

and there I was thinking that with modern technology we would have a 3 day weekend by now…

Americans generally define themselves by their ability to work long and hard hours but in the UK or Europe, the Caribbean and almost everywhere else, it is not business as per usual when Christmas comes around? They generally take the time out for leisure and quality time, to reset the mental clock and so they should, everyone should … What is the purpose of life if not for living?

I Love Boxing Day!

One of the greatest holiday inventions is Boxing Day, I prefer this holiday over all others. Boxing Day is a much better day to Christmas day, which is rubbish in my opinion. While in countries like America, the yanks are back at work the day after eating and drinking themselves silly on Christmas day, everyone else in the commonwealth is relaxing. In Jamaica we are at the beach, in the UK at home watching footy or down the pub, spending quality time with friends and family…

One question I normally get from Americans is “What is Boxing Day?”, it is almost an obsession with them but I cannot understand why there is a need to define Boxing Day, why should Boxing Day have any great meaning? The fact that it follows one on the most anticipated days of the year should be definition and meaning enough.  People spend months preparing for Christmas, a day I regard as the worst day of the entire year, with preparations reaching fever pitch in the final weeks and days leading up to the big day. Christmas is obviously a very stressful time of the year, as people run around like mad ants doing all sort of Rubbish, making sure everything is in place for the big moment and when the day comes they then eat and drink themselves silly. But I suppose Christmas Day helps to bring true meaning to Boxing Day, one day causes maximum stress and the other day eliminates it totally.

Seinfeld... The Show About Nothing!!!

Boxing Day is a day about nothing!!!, ...Yes you can find several definitions for the day if you do a Google search but in reality it is a day about nothing, ...not a damn thing and that is why it is the best holiday ever. Some may ask, so what do you do on Boxing Day? …Nothing!! How do you celebrate it? …By doing nothing!  …So what is the point? …Exactly!! … There is no point!

Just accept the fact that Boxing Day is a day about nothing and you will be enlightened as to its true meaning and purpose and its relationship to the universe and the cosmos …It is where Yin meets Yang, the very definition of a body being at rest. Boxing Day helps the third eye to focus, It is mystical and esoteric, providing perception beyond ordinary sight.

The United States remains alone as the only rich nation without legally mandated vacations for employees and with no requirement that official holidays come with extra pay and a compensating day off. You heard about Universal Health care well how about legal Universal Vacation and Leisure time by law, mandated. A statutory minimum tariffs for employee leave from work, i.e. the amount of entitlement to paid holiday/vacation by the law of the land:

Legally Required Minimum Leave:
  • United States: None, Nada, Zip, Zero, Zilch, Nil
  • United Kingdom: 5.6 weeks
  • Australia: 22 vacation days, 13 holidays, and a month’s pay to help with vacation expenses and if you hang around a place for six years, you can swing 49 days off with pay.
  • Greece: four weeks off plus six paid holidays
  • France: 5 weeks, 10 national holidays
  • Finland: 5 weeks is the minimum mandated by Law!
  • Germany: 4 working weeks
  • Brazil: 30 days
  • Iceland:  24 days,  13 official holidays

These are the legal requirements, only a baseline... must give holidays… like minimum wage, these are minimum mandated time off and companies can and do offer more than what is legally required in order to attract workers… We should never live to work but work just enough to live...


 Americans are so busy looking over their shoulders at work, they only take half of their paid time off, according to a study released Thursday. Employees only use 51% of their eligible paid vacation time and paid time off, according to a survey of 2,300 workers who receive paid vacation. The survey was carried out by research firm Harris Interactive for the careers website Glassdoor. What’s more, 61% of Americans work while they’re on vacation, despite complaints from family members; one-in-four report being contacted by a colleague about a work-related matter while taking time off, while one-in-five have been contacted by their boss.
Americans are so busy looking over their shoulders at work, they only take half of their paid time off 

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