It used to be that Veterans Day was a holiday for everyone. It was supposed to honor the veterans, but regardless it was a day off for most non-service employees. Now most companies are open, which means a third of the employees skip the day to care for their kids (who are off), a third make it an easy work day, and a third put in a normal day. Which all results in essentially an unproductive day where no one is rested. Americans (Corporate America) have forgotten the value in rest days, in the meaning work hard and play hard. It is another way that modern day Corporate America — for all its talk on efficiency — is not efficient at all. Wouldn’t it be better to tell everyone to take the day off, rest or honor the veterans, and come back feeling fresh the day after?
Our office was open, and I spent much of the day trying unsuccessfully to keep things moving. I got home at 6 PM thinking what a wasted day it had been 🙂
In our second week of vacation, I am starting to wear down. It isn’t the activity levels, which are high, but the constant scheduling of time – scheduled tours, scheduled dinners, scheduled meeting times. I have always been a person who needs some structure, but doesn’t do well when measured strictly by the clock, especially in America and other structured socieities where being 2 minutes late is a major sin. I do okay with some schedule – maybe one in a day – but not a relentless one. My parents are extremely scheduled base, running their entire day by the clock, which made childhood very challenging and exhausting some times, which is ironic since by all accounts I was one of the most energetic (hyper) kids in the history of the world. Perhaps part of the reason I was so hyper was because I was so overwhelmed by the relentless schedule of school during the week and parents on the weekend 🙂 Ironically, I am one of those people who is never bored, who can keep himself fully busy and occupied when left to my own devices without a lot of schedules.