Poverty and Work

Use tasks/work to develop yourself and others.

Work is of paramount importance in our lives. Work is fundamental to our well being and growth as individuals and essential to the smooth functioning of our families and neighborhoods as well as foundational to the operation of society at large.

Without work nothing gets done. Services cannot be offered or taken advantage of and products cannot be bought or sold.

Work is not a guarantee of eliminating or avoiding poverty. Not working is. Work hard over time and the results will be better than not working.

A person is either a contributor or a beneficiary of work or a combination of both. An individual consumes what some else has worked to produce or produces what someone else will consume or both.

Work involves doing something well repeatedly.

There are tasks to be done.

To do repetitive tasks we must choose our work carefully in order to maintain motivation and elevate expertise. To sustain work we must enjoy what we are doing or learn to enjoy it.

Work provides personal benefits aside from the obvious one of earning an income.

If you work you have a means to provide for yourself and your family and to help someone in need.

Work gives a sense of identity, a sense of belonging.

It gives a sense of purpose so what our days are not just filled with boredom, laziness and nothing being accomplished.

To not work is to depend on others who must work. To refuse to work when it is possible to work is to invite poverty into your life. Poverty brings many unnecessary hardships which can be avoided by a lifetime of work.

To avoid poverty one must work. Do something. Find a job, get a job. Work. Learn. Develop a skill, an expertise.

Work must serve a purpose.

To work hard and to learn to work hard is very important.

But working hard is not the ultimate purpose.

Over working can be harmful. Why work so hard only to shorten one’s life? There is a place for rest, for play, for love.

Use work to develop yourself and others.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as illness or a severe disability of some sort or too young, work.

Even those who are young can learn about work, prepare for work and put into practice daily work habits.

Most of all be a good employer of yourself.

Be good to yourself. Allow sufficient time for rest, reflection, prayer. Enjoy your life and your work.

We have created a false seperation when speaking of life/work balance. Work is a part of life, not equal to it. Use your work to grow yourself. In difficult circumstances find a way to grow and help others to grow.