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Work is the common theme that we all share. Unless you’re born rich, or win the lottery, there’s no escaping the fact that work is a pre-requisite to life. We all have to do it, and let’s be honest, most of the time it sucks the life right out of you.
It’s a fact that the average person spends 80% of their day in a work related mode. That’s including the preparation, as well as the unwinding time that is needed to complete an average 8 hour shift. Another nifty little fact I looked up is that most of us will work a total of 10.3 years straight throughout our lifetime.
That doesn’t inspire much faith considering that we also sleep for an average of 25 years throughout our lifetime too. Yet we still ask ourselves where all the time goes in a week?
So, in my opinion, I think that if you don’t love what you do, then all you’re doing is creating, by your own hand, the prison walls that bind you. And it’s a sad fact to face when you see almost everyone guilty of it and are unable or unwilling to change it.
However, we end up telling ourselves that it’s all for the vacation, the kids, the car, the house, or whatever it is we use to justify working a job that we rarely, if ever, enjoy. That these brief little moments of happiness will all be worth the misery and emptiness we voluntarily put ourselves through.
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Now all this is fine when your actions and judgments only affect you, but what about the people who work jobs in any field where other people’s lives are directly affected by their performance? Is it ethical to allow someone to maintain their employment when you can tell that they are two steps away from having a nervous breakdown, or worse not caring at all about their actions or duties when someone else’s life depends on them? I don’t think so!
What sparked the idea of this article was having to spend this last week dealing with a specific nursing staff in the Lethbridge Hospital. My grandmother was waiting for an emergency surgery for her broken hip and we had to endure the agonizing displeasure of dealing with a nurse in charge who was ten days away from her retirement and who could care less about her performance, let alone my grandmother’s needs. It took all my strength to stay impartial and address it without losing my temper, which is NOT my strong suit. The whole episode left me emotionally drained and irate and all I could do was think about how many other people have to deal with the exact same thing every day?
These types of people exist everywhere, and give bad names to the profession they represent, which isn’t fair to the co-workers who go above and beyond their scope of practice. Take some pride in yourself, and to the work you do because we’re all in this together.
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