Thursday, October 28, 2010

No inspiration

Hello to all of my loyal blog readers.

I have to apologize for the seeming lack of posts this week. I've not been inspired to write anything. I have a new job at the Library (10 hours per week) and it feels like I'm going to have no time at all to do anything. When I think about it logically, that's silly. Ten hours per week never put THAT big a dent in someone's life, and I'm sure I'll adjust, but it's the first time I've had any regular work out of the house since before Daniel was born. So it's weird.

By the way, how does ANYONE have time for ANYTHING when both parents work full time? I mean, really - where is the quality of life?? Like I said, 10 hours per week is really going to change my life. How does anyone do 40?? And, in particular, how do both parents work 40 hours per week and still maintain a connection with their children?

How did our society decide that this was a good way to live? Somewhere along the line we all became focused on money and stuff. So if both parents worked, we could have more stuff. And then, all of a sudden you HAD to have the stuff. You HAD to have two cars so you could both get to work. And you had to have the expensive, processed food because no one had time to cook. Then anything that you bought just didn't seem like enough - you had to have more stuff and better. You had to take better trips. You had to buy your kids everything they wanted because you felt guilty about never seeing them. You had to have a bigger house. Doesn't that all seem silly? Well, it does to me. But here I go getting a few hours work per week because we need a little extra money. Will it ever be enough?

Anyhow, I hope to have something interesting to say soon. When I do, I'll post it up on Facebook as per usual.

Hope you are all well and happy, and I hope the Universe is smiling down upon you.

5 comments:

  1. Our society's emphasis on "work" is kind of ridiculous. Sometimes I just want to quit, move to a farm, and raise goats. Though, logically, I know that in itself would be just as much work as teaching, I can't help but want a simpler life from time to time.

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  2. Erin - I think a lot of people feel the same way. But we're want to give up the stuff ... and the perceived security. I guess that's just the way we are made.

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  3. Liz here... it's going to say this is "anonymous"; haha... Keith and I have been fighting that "worldliness" for 20 years now! When Rylan was born 18+ years ago, we made the decision that it was more important for me to stay home with our children until they were finished school. Well, here we are and we still have 8 years left of having children in school... I have worked outside the home briefly during that time when Keith was out of work back in 2002... hating every minute of it, I might add!!... and we are still fighting that worldliness of "gotta have" today. It's an ongoing battle requiring a lot of faith that everything will work out fine and that the necessities will be obtained (Did I mention it takes a *lot* of faith? We have four kids, after all... haha) I guess the hardest part is keeping the focus and recognizing that a lot of the "stuff" is not necessary.

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  4. Liz - I know it has been difficult for you guys over the years, but you've kept it all together and have great kids. So it was worth it. And for sure the stuff isn't necessary. But how do you convince others of that? Wait. That's not our job. Our job is to stay true to ourselves. And to be examples for others - which you are. So keep it up.

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  5. (Liz again) Actually, I look at the "job" as "how do we teach our children, in todays consumeristic society, that 'stuff' is not important?" And as you say, I think we have done an all right job (always keeping in mind that we are not perfect and never will be!) and yes, it was worth it, especially when I look at the relationships I have with all my children!!!!! Even at 18 and 17, my boys still look to me and ask my opinion on the serious questions in life, and that is what matters most. They are still going to go ahead and do their own thing, (and it is so hard to watch that happen!!) so they are by no means 'automatons' (for want of a better word), but they are willing to look to the people they respect for a second opinion. All I can say to that is, "WHEW!" lol

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