Sunday, December 14, 2008
As many people across the country loose their jobs the tornado of news and reports is grim. Even for our family, I think it scares us that our friends, our neighbors, or even we could loose our incomes. Perhaps to feel better, to feel more informed or more prepared I've been listening to NPR day and night. And one story has me so worked up.
Of course it outlined the current job market in the United States and ended with an expert literally saying, "There is not enough work to do." I guess he doesn't live at my house. One thing is for sure, in the coming year people living in the U.S. will learn what that really means. But I believe there is plenty of work to be done. There may not be enough compensation, but there is always enough work to go around.
Our inability to work for the sake of working is one of the reasons we're in the situation we're in now. Households have stopped doing for themselves. How many people do you know who raise their own vegetables, bake their own bread, can their own food, sew their own clothes, clean their own houses, cut their own grass. There is an art to domesticity and it has been lost in this country. There are a few pockets remaining, here and there, and these individuals are to be admired for the value they place in doing for themselves -- even when they can afford to pay someone else to do it.
There is no shame in doing the simple, menial tasks of running your home. There is enough work. Do it.