Lately the weather has been turning to summer. After a long, cold, bleak winter I am in need of the sun. In need of the sun, the beach and the freedom that comes from swimming in the ocean. Today the weather is beautiful. A sunny, high 70’s – 80’s day does not happen often in Northeast Ohio. And as I walked into work this morning I slowed down. I took my time. I didn’t want to go in. This got me thinking, “Why”? I don’t mean why the beach, I’ve talked about that before. I mean why do we work so hard all our lives just to sit in a grey, lifeless cube. To sit an office where we can (sometimes) see nature, but can’t open the windows to experience it. Fluorescent lights above us instead of the open sky.
Why do we consider this successful? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should quit our jobs and move to the beach. After all, we need to be able to afford to live. We don’t want to have to rely on the government or others for our livelihood. However, we do want to be able to enjoy the life that we work so hard to have. Somewhere along the way we decided that we need to live to work, rather than work to live. We have let our jobs become who we are, and what we strive for. Instead we should use work as a tool to live our life the way we want to. Use work to enable us to live. This may mean working harder, so that we can enjoy the fruits of our own labor, but work is the tool for us to have the means to enjoy life. The grey, lifeless cubes have their place. Along with the closed windows and the soul sucking fluorescent lights. But they should not be the goal of our lives, we were meant for so much more. We were given this beautiful world, the ocean and the beach to relax and enjoy God’s Creation. Why do we hide ourselves away in caves of electronic screens instead of trees, blueish fake lighting instead of the sun, conditioned air instead of a warm ocean breeze, hard plastic chairs instead of the sand? After we’ve pushed nature out, we bring in desk plants to remind us of all we have lost. Our little bit of nature. Contained and sterilized, just like our lives in a corporate world.