You’re a Good Little Slave!
Wake up on time.
Arrive at work.
Smile and say hello to people you don’t even know.
Do what you’re told without question.
Rush to the bathroom and back!
You’re not given enough time to relieve yourself.
You accept this, because you’re a good little slave!
Eat lunch at your desk. Eat quick!
Work. Work. Work.
The cubicle is your ball and chain.
Stress and toil.
Life takes a backseat.
Focus on your job! Think about your career!
Work late, family can wait, you’ve got deadlines.
You’re a good little slave!
Work is your prison, from which you cannot escape.
You Don’t Have to be a Good Little Slave!
We are conditioned to go through a preconceived set of motions that bind us to an inflexible existence. Get a stable job. Settle down. Put away money for retirement. Take that once a year vacation. Assimilate and be comfortable. We are made to feel that not adhering to narrow guidelines will result in nothing but failure. It is through this fear of failure that keeps many of us living a life devoid of its true potential. If you knew with certainty that you would be dead exactly one year from today, would you continue to do the same things each day that you are doing right now?
So many of us get stuck in a routine where work becomes the focal point and only thing we think about in life. Work life balance is thrown around as an idea, yet rarely done in practice. At work, there is usually a mundane code that is adhered to. This stifles creativity and creates a culture of people blindly following the pack. We are afraid to speak out against things we disagree with or don’t think are good ideas. We cower in fear at the thought of being just a little different. This is detrimental to a company’s ability to differentiate itself, and adapt in a changing marketplace. In a world of constantly changing ideas and rapid dissemination of information, this can be damaging to a company’s goals and objectives. This is even more damaging to the human beings that make up the workforce.
It causes us to suppress how we really feel. It waters down our personalities into narrow confines that limit our ability to be alive and feel. Accepting things as “that’s just the way things are” is the fool’s way out of taking a stand. Where there is a will there is a way. There is an alternative. You can do something besides the status quo. If you don’t like your current situation or predicament, there are endless worlds of opportunity and paths that exist to revolutionize and ignite your life into the way you want it to be. It starts with resolving to change your current plight. It starts with realization. It starts with you. Don’t be a good little slave; be you!