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If Not Money, Why Do I Work
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If Not Money, Why Do I Work

That poses an interesting question. I have wondered of late why it is that I am still putting myself out there. There has to be a reason other than money. Sure that’s important but I could get by without working.

So why don’t I quit? For me it’s a variety of reasons. I come from a family of workers. My brother and I were expected to not only do our chores but to earn some money if we wanted anything out of the ordinary. For my brother and I most everything was out of the ordinary.

I think our parents did us a favor. We were raised to fend for ourselves. Work was a given. Extras were not a given. If we wanted a gun or bike we knew we had to work for it. We both worked on farms for 25 cents to 50 cents an hour. I still remember the good feeling I had when the farmer gave us our days pay.

Another reason I work is for the pleasure it gives me. I always feel good after completing a job. I also get pleasure from the people I interact with while working. Some are a pain in the butt however most are interesting if you give them a chance.

I’ve always had a hard time shutting my brain off. By that I mean I am always thinking about ways to solve the different problems we all confront. If I just sat at home, I think it would drive me crazy. I know my brain would keep running but if I didn’t have a way to implement those thoughts it could get downright scary.

I am also a firm believer that an active person has a better chance to stay healthy. Hard work either mental or physical never hurt anyone. The more active you keep your body and mind the less likely you are to have problems. That's my stand and I’m sticking to it. I’m 71 soon to be 72 and it has worked so far.

Reading back over this article reminds me of something I think about on occasion. I wonder how many of us from my era were poor and never knew it. My family certainly was by todays standards. We didn’t have much money, had a huge garden, raised our own beef and chickens and really didn’t want for anything. Poor financially yes but not poor in the things that counted. We had love and family which is all we really needed.

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Kylie R  

Great article! Money isn't everything. I especially like your last sentence.

  about 7 years ago

Thanks for your comment Kylie

  about 7 years ago
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