Even if a man’s whole day be spent as a servant of an industrial concern, in his spare time he will make something, if only a window box flower garden. ((Eric Gill, An Essay on Typography, 2nd paragraph, via laudator temporis acti, accessed 200915))
A job is not the only work you do. Equating paid employment with work is at the root of the “work-life balance” discussion going nowhere.
What is your craft? What is the thing you do in your spare time? And if the answer is “what is spare time?”, therein lies the rub.
There are in fact very few activities which cannot be classed either as work or play according as you choose to regard them. The labourer set free from digging may want to spend his leisure, or part of it, in playing the piano, while the professional pianist may be only too glad to get out and dig at the potato patch. Hence the antithesis between work, as something intolerably tedious, and not-work, as something desirable, is false. The truth is that when a human being is not eating, drinking, sleeping, making love, talking, playing games, or merely lounging about—and these things will not fill up a lifetime—he needs work and usually looks for it, though he may not call it work.
chronicles the 2007 edition of the competition, which is held in Texas and open to those 35 and older who do not play professionally. It has run on an irregular schedule since it started in 1999. The next one, in May, will be the sixth. Some contestants have had advanced musical training; others have developed a natural talent mostly on their own. The proficiency they display at the keyboard is thrilling to see; whatever your own hobby is, you are likely to be awed by how much better these people are at theirs. (NYTimes.com).
In praise of the amateur – the one who does something for the love of doing it.
In praise of the 35 and older who nurture their talent and passion outside the realm of revenue making.
About 62 percent of small-business employees think pay is better at larger companies (and 72 percent think benefits are better), but they stay at their jobs anyway, according to the survey of 474 employees at both large and small firms.
Small-company workers cite a better working environment as a reason to forgo a higher salary elsewhere.
Small companies have benefits that provide “meaningful value to employees,” says Jeffrey Blue, director of marketing for Salary.com. About 46 percent of those surveyed called work-life balance the biggest perk. Thirty-four percent cited loyalty to justify staying with a smaller company, while about 30 percent mentioned relationships with their boss or coworkers. Plus, small-business employees thought they had a better chance of getting ahead and eventually boosting their salary. (USNews.com)