That’s Why They Call It Work

Based on blog stats alone, it’s possible that many of you are a) self-employed, b) unemployed, or c) under-employed, because you clearly have time to read my blog in the middle of the day.

But no matter your work status, if you are going through a confusing, trying, frustrating and/or anxious time at your place of employment and are web-searching for solace or sanity, I offer the following gentle reminder from the long-ago past, which I first read twenty-two years ago tacked to a bulletin board in the back room of the Big Thunder Mountain attraction at Disneyland (soon after a classic Disney re-org):

“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.”

Petronius Arbiter The Satyricon (210 B.C.)

On a positive note, today is Friday.

craig hodgkins


~ by Craig Hodgkins on August 10, 2007.

5 Responses to “That’s Why They Call It Work”

  1. who are these people in the picture at the top of your blog? Is that you when you were young?

  2. Neither person is me when I was young. For more info, kindly consult the “about that header photo” page in the upper right sidebar, and please make a note of it for later reference.

  3. a) & b)!

    somehow, I don’t find that quote especially encouraging ;^)

  4. I find it encouraging in a “nothing new under the sun” and “this too shall pass” sort of way. But I tend to be a Pollyanna.

  5. did petronius work at svcc?

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