4 thoughts on “Vacation and Vocation

  1. This is a very thought-provoking entry, Chris. If I can carve out some time, I hope to think about it more and maybe do some written reflection. I'm especially intrigued as one who is rarely compensated for any of the variety of activities that make up my life -- no "paid vacation" for me. I'm the fortunate spouse of a white male who has a paid job he enjoys, so I don't have to seek paid employment for survival.
    As is often the case with what you write, you're working on some very complex issues!
    And I do hope that, in spite of possibly ambivalent feelings about the vacation, you did come home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!

  2. thanks for your thoughts, Chris!
    one thing i do to keep both my spending and my work life in check is to calculate the number of hours something costs. so a $40 tank of gas takes me 4 hours to earn at one job, and nearly 6 at another job. is going to my parents' house for the weekend worth 4 or even 6 hours of work? well, of course.
    but is eating out at a fancy restaurant worth 3 to 5 hours of work? maybe, if it's indian. and clearly the new harry potter book would be worth w hours of work (when purchased with at least $30 of groceries at meijer).
    of course, these transactions are much easier when i enjoy my work. what's three hours of fun at my job in order to buy a new wireless card? i guess that means that the more i like my job, the more i can buy. luckily, the more i enjoy my life (and work), the less things i seem to need to feel satisfied.

  3. What if you had a job that didn't offer "paid vacation" but instead paid you just enough more that you came out even?

    Money is money, and it's not generally a good idea to prefer four quarters to a dollar.

    Unless you are in totally blissed-out nirvana, it is inescapable that tradeoffs must be made. Even if you have everything you want (including time), you'll probably still care about others who may not. Scarcity is a tough phenomenon to avoid.

    I'd be interested to learn more about these supposed forebears who didn't have to deal with scarcity--that's pure nostalgia.

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