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work has to be done...

a lot of work has to be done in the world today - the crime, the hunger, the chaos - but a lot (or most) of people today work too hard for themselves. where has the idea of service to the communty go? or better yet, what does the community get from my work?

i am part of a development team hired (or called, i should say) to design, implement, and (of course) sell the software we are to produce for the municipality of a town here in the Philippines. the work i do, basically is to coordinate with the officials and officers in the municiapl office, and as part of the software development team, i'm also involved in the actual development, implementation, and sale of the software. not that i am complaining, but a man can only do so much in such little time (and pay ;-)).

now im thinking - if and when we do (and we must) finish the project, what does the community get from it? well, i can think of a lot of really GOOD things that the community can get from it, but why does the work feel not so fulfilling? i mean, while in the process of actually working, i know that the community will benefit - but why isnt it as rewarding as having a cup of ice cream? i mean, is work really not a part of the human psyche, that everytime we do it, we escape our little self and become a person other than the one who primally wants to enjoy?

sure not everyone feels the same about their work, but hey, let's not be hypocrytical. we would rather lay down, eat, and relax than get up, suit up, and start hacking away at what we do for a living. why, did enybody ever think about paying me to be a pizza taste test agent? guess not...

but as long as the work we do is significant (i mean, one where someone else other than ME is benefitting from it) we should always be aware that there are others that will benefit - and that should be a good purpose we're doing it: work.

so how much work did you do today? or better yet, how much work are you willing to do? think about it...

have a nice one! =)

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