Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 Recently, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article explains that health experts had observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is meant to be funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work, and this unhappiness ends up bleeding into the rest of their …
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Planning for unhappiness

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. John Barrymore 1882 – 1942 No matter who you are or how good your life is, at some point, you’re going to be unhappy. It might only be for a few hours or a few days: someone could hurt your feelings, you could break or lose a treasured possession, or a host of little things might go wrong. But there’s always the potential for worst case events, ones no one is immune to: you could lose your job or your savings, be diagnosed with a serious illness, or see a …
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Merry Christmas… or Happy Holidays?

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Roy L. Smith 1887–1963 Last week, one of my neighbors put up a yard sign saying “Christmas is all about JESUS.” I couldn’t help but think that their message presented a very narrow interpretation of the Christmas season, and one that largely misses the point. I agree that Christmas shouldn’t be a consumer-driven, consumption-focused holiday. But if we go too far in the other direction — defining the holiday with a Christian perspective that excludes other beliefs — then we’re still forgetting the spirit of the season. Jesus …
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