January 28, 2018
A recent Gallup poll found that just 13 percent of people who were questioned said they like their jobs. Nearly a quarter, 24 percent, said they hate what they do and another 63 percent said that they basically sleepwalk through their days. This means that 87 percent of people are unengaged by their employment.
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“You’ve heard of people calling in sick? You may have called in sick a few times yourself. But have you ever thought of calling in well?
It’d go like this: You’d get the boss on the line and say, ‘Listen, I’ve been sick ever since I started working here, but today I’m well and I won’t be in anymore.’ Call in well.
That’s what Dr. Robbins did, exactly… and he wasn’t faking. You can’t fake a thing like that. It’s infinitely harder to pretend you’re well than to pretend you’re sick.
After telephoning, Dr. Robbins donned an electric yellow nylon shirt, and when he tucked it into a pair of maroon bell-bottoms, it was like lightning striking a full wino. Before he left his apartment, he fed both his alarm clock and his Bulova to the disposal unit. ‘I’m passing out of the time of day and into the time of the soul,’ he announced. Then, when he considered how pretentious that sounded, he corrected himself: ‘Strike that!’ he said. ‘Let’s simply say that I’m well today.’”
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins