Friday, July 16, 2010

gainful employment

i have always been irritated by the question 'so, what do you do?' or 'where do you work?' because i had not been in the workforce for a bit and it implies that i sat around eating bon bons and watching soap operas because i didn't work for someone else. it still irritates me. i suppose it irritates me because i view much work as busy work. there was a time in the not too distant past- around the turn of the last century and even into the middle of the last century- when people took care of themselves. they often worked outside the home in order to make money but they took care of their own homes and food and whatnot. it's what got america through the last great depression. i am not optimistic about this next one...

people complain about there not being enough jobs but there are more people than jobs. i mean really- do the math.... too many folks enjoy living like they are independently wealthy and the work they do is simply to make money- some jobs exist only to do that. take my new job for example...

office administrator.... sigh....yep.... my tomato plants are not even knee high and i haven't seen a single squash amidst the flowers and the fam's yard is beginning to resemble the amazon rain forest because i haven't been able to mow and weed properly- but damn it! the fed ex goes out before 5:30p and all the files are filed and the mail sorted and whatnot... sigh... and it is a means to more than one end... i am helping my husband and he is happy and the money will be slotted for the stuff we were putting on hold so i can't really complain. if i have to work simply to work like a hamster in a wheel- at least i am doing it for someone i love...

so, that's my world for the last couple of weeks... jumping back into the fray while trying to maintain the world i created while out of the fray... will keep everyone posted as i can...

8 comments:

Dave Dubya said...

Thank God the closest I get to an office environment is "The Office" on TV. So many work places really bring out the worst in people.

I've always said, "Most of what we are paid for is to put up with difficult personalities."

The rest is ususally a lot easier.

Georg said...

Bonjour Betmo,

Enjoyed reading this post. But as usually, I don't grasp everything.

What is "busy work"? I understand it is something negative but its precise meaning??

As to the garden changing into a rain forest area: well said. Ours here is partly the same. Sometimes I say to visiting friends what we are cultivating here is a secret shrouded in weed. However, squash (beetles??) should be aplenty. Maybe you passed at the wrong hour.

Cheerio
Georg

betmo said...

bonjour georg :) 'busy work' is just that- something that keeps you busy but is not productive. like filing paperwork over and over again... sigh...i don't particularly like working outside the home simply because the work seems to exist solely to make money. which it does. folks talk about fulfillment and careers and whatnot- but what is more satisfying than growing your own food and cleaning your own living space? it's the connection that is fulfilling- not the acquisition of useless things...

i'll post more soon.... :)

Georg said...

Bonjour Betmo,

Thanks for explaining. Well, I am a trained economist and thus reading your musings about work and money is real fun.

The "official" version is that if a work is being paid it is useful to someone. That someone pays you to do this and not something else you might consider more interesting.

Sure, work is a kind of loss of time and therefore you are being paid to do it. For that reason Jesus Christ did not work and did not encourage others to work: he had other, more worthwhile jobs to carry out.

Georg

betmo said...

i suppose he thought so :)

i understand your point but it is my own bias that makes me feel that some work exists solely to make money- and it is often that kind of work that takes advantage of others who work simply to survive.

Beth said...

We all would like to have the luxury of wealth wihout work...Even I have dreams of lazy days with no alarm and deciding what I will do when. I am fortunate to work at home most days. You need to work at something you are passionate about so you don't feel like your on a hamster wheel. Good luck!

Pagan Sphinx said...

That would be tricky for me, to let go of one way I've got used to living and then have to get back in the saddle to work for someone else and in a totally meaningless way to me. But it does pay the bills, whereas during the depression, the work at home was at least part of the family's survival in a larger way than is possible now.

Good luck. The extra money will help a certain peace of mind.

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