Philosophical Sunday: It’s quite mind boggling how often people fail to think outside of the box they live in, with respect to work/life balance, remuneration & rewards, and working conditions, and an overall quality of life.

More often than not, we forget just how good we’ve got it, when compared to others, where at least in some industries, we receive overtime/penalty rates, recognition rewards, a decent pay, and respect for the work we do.

I’m reminded that “this too shall pass,” instead of “this is my only choice.”

And we all do this to put food on the table, or pay the bills, just like others in far less fortunate circumstances. For the lucky fewer still, there’s an element of pride and achievement, and we get extra things like smart phones, or drinks with friends, or food/toys/medication for our children.

I like to remind myself of this as often as I can; when I’m up a good part of the night, or working on a weekend, it’s refreshing to know I’m not getting $10 a day for it, and that the hours aren’t permanent. I remind myself and those around me that the work needs to be done, and that I’m rewarded excellently for it in comparison. Yes, I’d prefer to not be doing it, but at least I’m not treated like a slave. I’m reminded that “this too shall pass,” instead of “this is my only choice.”

I’m only human… I forget this all too often too; I’m not one to preach, but I’m getting better at it every day.

When I walk past someone who is homeless, or sleeping in the street, I’m compelled to feel incredibly lucky, fortunate and humble about “my lot in life.” When I go home to that roof over my head, eating that hot meal, and sleeping in that warm bed, I quickly lose the energy to complain.

“Food” for thought, hey.