Is There Life Beyond Work?
- By Sam George
- Published 02/27/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
In recent years, Indian work culture has undergone dramatic changes. Working for global clients, hi-tech tools, opportunities to get ahead etc have propelled this new culture. Days of punching card and get out of work at 5pm is over.
People are working all the time, at least thinking and talking about it. We are also seeing fall out as a result. Obesity, heart attacks at younger ages, psychosomatic cases, martial problems etc have skyrocketd.
So in light of these trends, what are the resolution of young Indian professional? That is exactly what this study wanted to find out and results were most unexpected.
A survey of new year resolutions for 2007 among urban upwardly mobile professional shows a growing desire for a) better home-work balance, b) more exercise and c) spending more time with family. Very interesting!
After all the unprecedanted prosperity and global opportunities, people still tend derive most happiness and contentment in relationship, good health and family. People on their death bed, do not think of the raise must have had or career opportunities that came their way or business that could have started. Somebody said, we might win the rat race, but we are still rats! Any investment in family front will yield more return that anything else we could do in life