National Blog Posting Month – December 2012 – Work
Prompt – Agree or disagree: All work and no play makes you a dull girl.
In the case of this prompt, it’s important to define what is meant by ‘work.’ Work could be defined as that which a person does to earn a paycheck, whether they enjoy the work or not. Alternatively, work could be defined as any task which requires mental and/or physical effort, again whether for pleasure or by requirement.
For me, I distinguish between work and not-work based upon the level of effort required (i.e. the second definition). Thus, watching “America’s Got Talent” is not work, writing a blog post about everything geologically incorrect about the movie “The Core” is work. Going for a two mile run is work. Power-shopping at the mall is not work. Writing this blog post while I’m in the office is work, even though it’s not what I’m actually getting paid for.
Play also needs to be defined better. For me, play is anything you derive pleasure from, whether paid or unpaid. Using these definitions, an activity can be simultaneously work and play – and I do a lot of that. I actually enjoy my job, so I often feel like I’m playing while I’m at work.
All this said, it is important to remember that play, by itself, is necessary for any person to maintain their sanity. If all I ever did was work, or work-play, I think I might lose my mind. That’s why I do watch TV and I do occasionally go power shopping. Without that mental and physical escape, I think I might explode!