Joseph Ratliff Writer, Researcher, Thinker

Tag Archives: Life

You Work 70 – 80 Hours A Week, So What?

I just love it when someone comes up to me and brags about “how they pulled an all-nighter last night”…

Who gives a fuck?

Great, you’re ruining your life, and your health, in the name of a faceless corporation or business that doesn’t really give a shit in the first place (for the most part).

All in the name of some fake “status symbol” you can hold up and get 4 minutes of recognition for.

I mean, think about it… you say this… and really, how much does it mean to other people?

Nothing, except empty platitudes and a pat on the back from your boss who DIDN’T have to pull the all-nighter.

Whoever invented the 40-hour “full-time” work week needed to be shot on sight.

But think about this today…

If you work yourself down to the bone, in the hopes of getting a big promotion or raise at the expense of your health… is it really worth it?

Can you look your family in the eyes and say; “I’m working 80 hours a week and I can ALSO truly be here with you too, because I’m so full of energy AFTER working myself down to the bone, that I can do everything!”

Didn’t think so.

Have You Ever Had “That” Feeling?

Have you ever had that feeling that you wanted something better?

I’m having that feeling today.

I know there’s way more to life than I’ve achieved already (and I would say I can pretty much do what I want, where I want, with whom I want to).  There’s just something more…

Have you ever had that feeling?

If you have, what do you do when you get that feeling?  Do you take any action?  Do you do anything different?  Or…do you just take it all as some “spark” of inspiration, and move along “ho, hum” in your life.

I’m telling you not to ignore that spark.

When I get the “spark”, I take action on it.  I think very deeply about what that spark is trying to tell me, and make whatever changes necessary to live it.

Our brains are a gift people, don’t waste them on watching another episode of Law And Order Criminal Intent…instead, listen to your brain…and act on the feelings it provides you.

Does Life Seem To Move “Too Fast” Sometimes?

Life moves too fast sometimes.

You can text while you’re driving, because you “gotta” get that message RIGHT NOW before you get to the same person’s house who’s texting you in 11 minutes.

11 minutes…you’re gonna see that person in 11 minutes…why do you need that text message?

Nothing could be THAT important, could it?

Life moves too fast.

Shopping in the mall I watched as teenagers called each other on the cell phone from 100 FEET away from each other.

They couldn’t get close enough to have a personal conversation, oh no, it was obviously important enough that they stay right where they were and talk on a cell phone.

Wasn’t it?

Life moves too fast sometimes.

Since we only have one life, one time on this earth, don’t you ever want to slow down and enjoy it?  No cell phones, no text messages, no laptops…just talking to and enjoying being around the people in your life that you love.  Or, enjoying nature and the things that life provides when you slow down enough to really see it.

Or, has “artificial life” taken over your life?

Think about that today.