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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • JENSEN EDITORIAL: If you want things to change for the better, you're going to have to work

  • Do you ever find yourself saying "I wish" or "if only" about aspects of your life that you would like to see instantly change for the better?
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  • Do you ever find yourself saying "I wish" or "if only" about aspects of your life that you would like to see instantly change for the better? Sure, it is fun to dream about what you'd do if you won the lottery, the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, or even the latest model of the HGTV Dream Home, but pipe dreams like these are going to get you nowhere pretty darn fast. If you want more out of life than you currently have, you are going to have to work for it, especially in the financial department.
    It seems far too many people today have lost what could be termed as "good, old-fashioned work ethic." Sure, we all like to take time away from the grind to enjoy a little recreation and relaxation, but were does one draw the line between vacation time and believing life is a vacation? Hard work still gets you places, even in our current society.
    Back in the day, young people (and older people for that matter) who wanted to earn extra pocket money readily accepted offers to mow lawns, babysit or pick rocks in farm fields. Handouts from mom and dad were rare to non-existent. Now even teenagers, who actually want part-time jobs, are looking for something that pays 10 bucks an hour and comes with benefits, so they can complain about not earning enough and never getting a day off.
    When did work become the bane of our existence? Somehow this less than enthusiastic attitude toward putting in a good day's work has snuck up on our ideals of American life. One has to wonder what triggered it and when and where it will end? Is it a generational thing? Is it a matter of some people having too much and taking it too easy? Perhaps there is no answer, or if there is, maybe figuring it out would just be too much effort.
    It is said life is what you make it. So if you want things to change, you are the one who has to take the first step toward your goal. No one else can do it for you. Be warned, things don't always come easy. You had better be ready to work.

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