The Golden Watch
He knew his number:
9 years -> 3 months -> 1 week -> 2 days.
With a Sisyphus-like countdown
He watched his watch
In a hypnotic passage of working days
He longed to retire and escape daze
filled with lethargy and loathing.
The day came
He got the parting golden watch, a good pension, and false freedom.
Imagine his dismay when nothing changed.
He made his number
But learned too late that
The 30-year golden watch had actually filled his days.
The countdown ended without liftoff.
Retirement was much like working.
We can’t go back in time.
We can only move forward
Into the time we have.
Our days our truly numbered
If we believe
We will live better in a future time or place.
Work/Life balance is not 30 years of working
Followed by 30 years of not.
Work/Life balance is to fully
Infuse work into our life and
Life into our work.
Do you know what time it is?
Poem by David Zinger – David Zinger is a leading expert on employee engagement. He is committed to creating authentic and sustained employee engagement for the benefit of all. Contact David at (204) 254-2130 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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