20th Jun 12, 18:15 #81
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20th Jun 12, 21:56 #84
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A few years ago I realised that my work life balance was poor and would only worsen (I don't fancy working 24 hour shifts at the age of 60) so I switched specialities to a less taxing one. I don't regret it one bit, especially now with one child (and hopefully more in the future) where I have enough time to enjoy watching him grow up and can be an important part of his life.
Oh yeah move to another country, you're paying way too much tax!
20th Jun 12, 23:59 #85
So I can say truthfully "It's not so bad, on Christmas I only work 1/2 day: 12 hours"
But we're a country of Evangelical Puritans and know that idle hands are the Devil's playthings so we have to work insane hours just to be poor....
Wait, that sounds like a cue for
"The Four Yorkshireman"FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:Aye, very passable, that, very passable bit of risotto.
SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:Nothing like a good glass of Château de Chasselas, eh, Josiah?
THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:You're right there, Obadiah.
FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:Who'd have thought thirty year ago we'd all be sittin' here drinking Château de Chasselas, eh?FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:In them days we was glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.
SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:A cup o' cold tea.
FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:Without milk or sugar.
THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:Or tea.
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:In a cracked cup, an' all.
FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:Oh, we never had a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.
SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:The best we could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:Because we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, son"
.FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:Aye, 'e was right.
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:Aye, 'e was
.FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:I was happier then and I had nothin'. We used to live in this tiny old house with great big holes in the roof.
SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling.
THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House? Huh.
FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us.
SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:We were evicted from our 'ole in the ground; we 'ad to go and live in a lake.THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:You were lucky to have a lake! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road.
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:Cardboard box?
FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.
21st Jun 12, 00:36 #86
Guys, thanks for your compassion, however do not worry for me as I am not unhappy with my job, au contraire. I work a lot with people, from different places and cultures, and I like it.
As I am not single, and hopefully this won't change, I am trying to keep my life free of work as much as possible especially during week ends, most of the time it is doable.
Even when I am not working for my job I do something productive at home as that is what relaxes me most! So even if I want to retire early I am not planning to move to a sunny place and enjoy the sea and the sun, no way, I will have more time for my hobbies and hopefully my family!
21st Jun 12, 03:14 #87
My mother is 81 and is still working three days a week. My inlaws, however, at 80 were both in assisted living.
No question that the retirement age of 65 is unreasonably low these days, by 80 is rather too high. 70 seems more realistic.
Keep in mind that some will arrive in their late 50's or early 60's needing to retire because of health problems. That needs to be dealt with as well."Risk sweetens everything" - Peter Revson (1939 - 1974)
21st Jun 12, 03:25 #88"Risk sweetens everything" - Peter Revson (1939 - 1974)
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Except for his daily morning swearing " F.. m....in.....c.... de comunisti" he never complained.
21st Jun 12, 07:55 #91
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I guess that's one way to get ahead in life...
“If everything's under control, you're going too slow.” Mario Andretti
21st Jun 12, 17:41 #95
It is to those that know, the basic simplest version of what the Buddha said...
I didn't know any Buddhists stuff, but when I went to college after 12-13 years of pounding my brains out all over the Western world--and South Africa---but while chasing all the sweet innocent fellow students there, many of the cuties there said "OoooooH you must have studied a lot of Buddhism" Or "Are you a Zen Buddhist (flutter flutter)?"
Me "sure honey, bend over, I'll show you the 7 levels of self awareness"
Eventually, tho after enough people kept telling I must have read a lot of Zen Buddhism, I broke down and read some..
And I see what they meant..
Though I have most affinity with certain parts of Tao thoughts, and those Zen writers who were influences by Taoist thinking.
Enlightenment thru action.
EDIT: I am now a happily married guy working longer than ever before. My wife is Chinese and in her family they have said just joking a little "You must have been Chinese in a previous life, and probably a Taoist scholar" They say that "because you get it, not just the idea, but the humor, and you must have been Chinese to really understand the humor like you do"
Me: "Wha? please pass the marinated roast piggie knuckles (nom nom nom) "
21st Jun 12, 17:45 #96
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Tony, do you feel you have ever made a bad decision in life?