Wednesday October 26, 2016
by Joan Webb
Death By Overwork
Luke 9:25: "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet ...forfeit his very self?"
The Japanese have a name for it. It's called karoshi, or death by overwork. In the climb to be the most productive nation in the world, individual Japanese people have forfeited much. Many have sacrificed family life as well as their own lives. According to some reports, the death toll has been as high as ten thousand per year. These people are driven by the corporate leadership to routinely work overtime, take little or no vacation, work weekends, ignore physical signs of stress, and never complain. The heartbroken families have recently begun to say that the price for gaining the world's admiration is too high.
We would do well to learn from this human disaster. Are you and I forgoing healthy relationships with our spouses, children and family for the sake of our work addiction and perfectionism? Some of us overwork to obtain economic superiority. Most of us overwork to prove our value, desperate to gain approval and respect. What is your rationale for obsessive work habits? Is it worth the price?
Lord, my family and life mean more to me than "gaining the whole world."
But I've become so entrenched in this way of life, I don't know how to stop.
I don't want to commit karoshi.
Please give me courage and direction.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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