Friday, January 30, 2015

Mimmi and 3yo working together

"I am working on my I-pad and you are working there." Dean, 3 years old, has a clear view of how he and his "Mimmi" (grandmother) are working. I am babysitting him and trying to get some writing done, while he is busy watching playdough-making on YouTube.

In physics, a force is said to do work if, when acting on a body, there is a displacement of the point of application in the direction of the force. For example, when a ball is held above the ground and then dropped, the work done on the ball as it falls is equal to the weight of the ball (a force) multiplied by the distance to the ground (a displacement).(from wikipedia).

But, that's in physics. In everyday life, defining what is work and what is leisure, varies as much as every individual commenting on it. What one person considers hard work, is easy to someone else. A younger person may have a tight schedule occupy most of the day, while an older person may think that going to the post office is as much as he or she can muster in a day. Ergo, defining what work really is, becomes undefinable and unmeasurable.

The fact is that we all have the same given amount of hours in a day. And true, some people are busier than others. But why does it seem like some of the busiest people we know, still say yes when asked to help out, while others never have the time or energy, even though they have less on their plate.

Judging other is no use. Who am I to decide how busy someone is, or how much energy that person has to help someone else? It's up to me to balance and organize the hours I have been given.

Here are a couple of quotes about work I like:

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

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Photo today: Pappa's secretary. 

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