Are you happy when you wake up in the morning? To be frank, sometimes I am happy at this time of the day. At other times, I am sad and lazy. If I analyze this further, sad corresponds to the days when there are a lot to accomplish in the limited time. The way the economy is tanking and everyone tightening up their belt strings, sad and lazy is winning the game more often these days. Happy corresponds to the weekends. There you go. I said it. But why am I talking about waking up in the morning? If you have an aim, the whole waking up phase is interesting. It motivates you to take the day head-on. This is what the learnt say.
The other day, I was talking to a friend who brought up this subject about waking up in the morning and charging ahead to meet another day with enthusiasm. The subject we were talking was death. Yes, you heard it right. My friend's colleague passed away recently. It was neither sudden nor unexpected as the colleague was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a killer which appears in many forms. I am not sure which form of cancer had afflicted the colleague. But the colleague in question had known this for the past few years. He had no family. All his friends were from work. Work was only thing that kept him alive all these years. When he got up in the morning, he was happy and motivated because he had his work and office.
This brings up another subject about workplace. The manager play an important role in such situations. The colleague had moved between teams during the time he was diagnosed with cancer. The first manager was very sympathetic allowing him to work whenever possible and whatever mode(on location or remote) convenient. But when he moved to a new team, the new manager was afraid because he was a liability. I did not understand why. Staying in my state of ignorance, I attribute the liability to the strict labor laws in France. The manager and the HR was always concerned about the situation. This is a sorry situation as the colleague would have given up the hope for living if he did not have his work and office.
There is a lesson for me. I should not feel sad and lazy in the morning as I get to enjoy one more day. Now, the uphill task is not to think about work when I get up in the morning for the happy feeling to last more.