The Ant and the Grasshopper 螞蟻與蚱蜢


假如成天不停工作,卻總感覺沒達成目標,很可能已經處於「工作倦怠」(Job burnout)了。工作倦怠會造成身心情緒耗盡的壓力。專心且有效率的分配時間完成任務,就有時間參與社交、陪伴家人、玩樂,還有最重要的:休息。
One summer’s day, in a field, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great effort an ear of corn he was taking to his nest.
“Why don’t you come and chat with me,” asked the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling your life away?”
“I am helping to store up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and I recommend you to do the same.”
“Why to bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper. “We have got plenty of food at present.”
Nevertheless, the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
When winter came, the Grasshopper found itself about to die of hunger, on the other hand, the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in summer.
Then the Grasshopper finally knew:work today and you can reap the benefit tomorrow.
Research shows that people who are basically explorers and entertainers, do not care much about finishing their work before enjoying themselves. They like to live one day at a time, and impulsively follow where their heart leads. They believe in living in the moment.
People who are diplomats, analysts, logicians, and mediators, tend to strike a balance between work and play, with a slight inclination towards work than play.
It is a sad fact that some people take the “work before play” concept too far and get stressed out eventually. The key is, therefore, to strike a balance between work and play. Work well, and save for a rainy day.