What makes our life fuller? A good job is not enough (anymore), although it characterises us. At most, we spend the majority of our time at the workplace, and we spend the rest of our time doing “something else”: hobbies, leisure, private life, sleeping.
The Atlantic has studied the habits of the average American, to get to an interesting trend of – our – days. In sum, we spend two thirds of the day only working and sleeping.
Making our time at work better helps improving a larger part of our life, living it fuller. According to the philosopher Theodore Zeldin, author of a number of a number of speeches and articles on the theme, the middle class professions are now trapped into themselves. Doctors are often more stressed than their patients; G.P.s choose to work part-time ‘to remain sane’, combining doctoring with something totally different; accountants are troubled by doubts about their profession’s ethics; most architects never get the chance to exercise their imaginations freely; teachers have never been so demoralised; administrators are paralysed by their own bureaucracy.
What to do then? Increasing the worth of our relations, because our entire life – first and foremost, our job – is made up of relationships, which need to be fostered and nurtured with the untapped potential we all embody.
How to do that? Zeldin tells us in a key speech of a few months ago: