Jan 16, 2014

What Would You Do?

By Susan Knight


I have some of my best ideas while I’m in the shower. I think of 10 things to write about for this post. When I sit down to write, magically, they are gone from my memory, like a dream that flashes and fades.

Some of my better thoughts happen while I’m driving. I tell myself I know I will think of them again because they are too good to forget. When I sit down to write, tragically, they cannot be found.

Luckily, when I’m at work, I can send myself an email with thoughts I have during payroll deadline or calendar scheduling. My right brain makes leaps and bounds into the territory of my left brain at random times at work. I let it come, if I’m not in a meeting taking minutes and have to concentrate.

This post is something I’ve been thinking about for quite awhile and I’m not sure how to iterate it.

At the end of the year, or during the Academy Awards, there is always a memorial section to fete those who have crossed through the veil. I think to myself, what would they have done differently if they knew they were going to die this year?

I ask myself that question, too, but it seems futile to think about. I have to work to support myself. I can’t not work.

We were born to work. Adam and Eve were given instructions to labor. I’m not afraid to figuratively sweat and I’m good at what I do at the office. But my job makes me totally reside in my left-brain. It’s completely different from when I was a reporter and spent my whole day and night in my right mind (s.m.i.l.e.y.), with brief forays into research, which I later applied to writing. I admit, I do miss that feeling. It takes me hours to be able to sit down to write in the evening, and then it’s time to go to bed.

(FYI, newspaper reporting would not support me now, nor would my teaching Community Ed as I did part-time before I moved to Utah. My job as an office coordinator is just enough to pay my bills, and I’m thankful to have it.)

I came across a poll at AdminProToday and thought I would put it out there.

What would you do if you won, or were given, or inherited enough money to stop working?

Would you quit your job entirely (assuming, like me, you work for a living)?

Would you quit your current job and do something else entirely?

Would you quit working for pay and volunteer your time?

Would you stay status quo?

What do you think?
I realize most of the readers here aren't office workers or outside-of-home workers as I am, so this might be a vain musing. Maybe I'm just helping myself think about it.


  1. If I inherited enough money to stop working, I would probably quit working for pay and do more volunteer work, pursue an advanced degree and go on a mission.

    1. Thanks for making me stop and think, btw....it helped me reevaluate if what I am doing today is getting me closer to where I want to be tomorrow. hugs~

    2. I agree. We have lost so many volunteers in the past decades because women are in the workplace. Volunteers are those who do compassionate service for others, join groups in communities and further work of the churches. Wish I could be a part of this volunteer group again. It's hard when you work full-time--and you're old. I guess that's why I've been yearning about this. Thanks for your comment :)

  2. I don't even have to question my answer I would quit and volunteer. Why? Years ago I was in an entry-level position and my boss (and the next step up) was a woman who boasted that she worked to keep from being bored. Now maybe she was lying about it, but all I could think was she doesn't need that job, she'll be here forever, and I'll never get to move up. I don't think it was selfishness on her part, but how she thought. So yes I would volunteer and hope the person who got my job needed it as badly as I did when I got it.

    1. I agree, Terri. I work in corporate America now and I'm so surprised at the amount of women who would rather work than stay home with their kids because it was too boring. They don't even take all the time allotted when they have a newborn. They are anxious to get back to work. They were bored at home. I can't fathom it. Then they complain about their daycare. I always step up and say how much I loved being at home with my babies and children--and I was never bored!
      Thanks for your comment. I do appreciate it.

    2. I did quit my job and do full-time volunteer work. I've never been so busy or so stressed or so tired. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking.

    3. I would love to be in your shoes now, though ♥


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