Although I am thankful for my job and the things it has afforded my family to have and enjoy, it is becoming more and more about how fast the job is done and very little is emphasised about how well the job is done.
More and more pressure is placed on each carrier to get done faster and faster. Time schedules have been compressed, while aggravation and intimidation are used to coerce employees to rush to completion rather than seeing to a job well done. For instance, the most harped on, most important objective daily, is to scan the time tracking scans in selected mailboxes on the route, not correct delivery. Considerably more grief befalls a carrier whom the bosses computer decides is late versus any misdelivery the carrier may have made (often due to being in a rush). This mentality also presents obvious safety hazards that come with being continually in a hurry.
Yea, that's my rant having to do with my job. But it goes much further than my job. I believe this mentality of hurry, hurry, hurry is everywhere in the "developed" world. Even though technology has enabled us to do things faster, more effectively and with less effort, out mentality hasn't changed. We have not and are not (generally as a society) taking advantage of light speed technology to give us more "slow down" time to enjoy life, spend time with loved ones and generally build relationships. We still "hurry" after the extra dollar!
If you really could do things over again, what would it be? Spend more time face to face with grandparents, parents, spouses and your children, helping them out, going to a ball game or just having supper together. How about hanging out with friends just to be with them, no schedule, no agenda, just becoming better friends. Think back, what are your memories that matter, the ones that are sweet? Mine are the times I spent with the people I love and care about, like a road trip with Hannah; fishing with grandfathers, my Dad and sons; playing cards with family; ball games with my boys; and hanging out with my sons familes just to mention a few!
Times it seemed so important to be in a hurry to make a buck aren't even in my memory bank!
...more tomorrow, I'm not in a hurry...
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