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You Deserve A Break Today Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
A popular slogan is "You deserve a break today". This sounds good. It feeds our desire to have stuff given to us or for our lives to be made easier. But is it true? Do we really deserve it or do we just want it? There is a notion that if we work harder than normal or are subjected to unusually difficult circumstances then we have gone above and beyond so we deserve to be paid back for it. I've certainly fallen into that way of thinking many times. But is it true?
First of all, who defines "harder than normal" or "unusually difficult"? Most often that definitions falls on us. We define for ourselves what a normal amount of work is or what a standard difficult situation is. Since we have defined that, we get to decide when we've exceeded our own limits. In my life I find myself moving that bar around quite a bit to fit my current desires. I can't help but think that others do it too.
Then what happens when I have set the standard for normal work and difficulty but other people don't agree with my standard? Well then I call them unsympathetic and cold. But are they really? Is it really the case that they are unsympathetic because they don't agree with my idea of what hard work is?
But let's get back to the main point. Suppose I really did do more work than normal or was subjected to circumstances considered very difficult. Why does that mean I "deserve a break"? It certainly would be nice to have a break. It would be compassionate and caring on the part of the people around me to give me something special or help out. But do I "deserve" it? Is it "owed" to me? Not really. To be honest, I don't think I want what I really "deserve".
I think that the worst part of this deserving mentality is that it creates bitterness. We start to believe that we deserve something that we probably don't and then since no one is giving it to us we become bitter. Over time this grows. The hard work and circumstances aggrevate the bitterness and frustration so the whole thing just snowballs.
Hmm. I didn't mean to get so serious with this little blog post. Ok. So it's just something to think about. It's just something that has been going around in my head.

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