The Ant and the Grasshopper 螞蟻與蚱蜢

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提要
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.
解說
一個夏日田野裡,一隻蚱蜢跳來跳去、敞開喉嚨大聲歡唱。一隻螞蟻從旁經過,費盡心力力,將一粒粒玉米連穗帶到自己的巢穴。
「你怎麼不過來和我聊聊?」蚱蜢問道:「總比你這樣苦幹實幹地度日要好吧。」
「我正在幫忙儲存冬天的食物。」螞蟻說:「我建議你也這樣做。」
「為什麼要為冬天煩惱?」蚱蜢說:「我們眼前還有大量的食物。」
然而,螞蟻繼續努力儲存食物。
當冬天來臨,蚱蜢發現自己即將死於飢餓;另一方面,螞蟻每天都會從牠們夏季收集的存糧中,分發玉米和穀物。
於是蚱蜢恍然大悟:今天工作,可以在明天獲益。
研究顯示,大多數人的個性傾向於探險家和諧星,在享受人生之餘、並不怎麼關心完成工作。他們喜歡過一天算一天、隨心所欲行事,他們相信「活在當下」。
從事外交官、分析師、邏輯學家和調解員的人,則傾向於平均分配工作和娛樂的時間,而且工作比玩樂的時間多一些。
遺憾的是,有些人對「先工作、再玩樂」的觀念過於執著,最終難免壓力過大。因此,關鍵是在工作和娛樂之間取得平衡。努力工作、未雨綢繆。

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