Spend it, save it, give it: It's the time of your life

  • Article by: Brian E. Konkol
  • Updated: January 1, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Americans tend to be driven by the clock, but there are other ways to look at it.

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tituspulloJan. 2, 1412:25 AM

Time waits for no one. We all have two lives...the second begins when you realize that you only have one.

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foneboothJan. 2, 14 8:36 AM

This is probably a good idea. I have traveled extensively and met people from many different cultures. When they visit the US, they are constantly amazed at how much we work and how much we do. It is unheard of around the world. Most countries shut down for 2+ weeks over the Christmas/New Years holidays for example. I have been asked why we do not. I explained that the US economy usually drives the world economy and asked them to imagine what would happen if the US took 2 weeks off. A friend from the UK once remarked during a visit here at how different our mindset is. He said in the UK if someone needs a second car for the family, they just complain about not being able to afford it. In the US, we will go get a second job to help buy it and pay for it.

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FrankLJan. 2, 14 1:55 PM

In other countries the pace might be slower, but much of this time is not enjoyably spent. Wasting hours every evening on long drawn out dinners cuts into any hope of seeing the country I am visiting. What is interesting is that the US view of time is infectious. A colleague of mine complains about how slow everything is when he goes home to Africa. Even filling the car with gas is a two hour ordeal where the local custom is that you must have a conversation with each employee or they feel insulted. The net result of these rituals is that it reduces his time to visit with family and friends. There are pluses and minuses to each country's culture.

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