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Do lesser

Do lesser

I don’t get the mentality of this bumper sticker, spotted in Rhode Island.

I never measured success by how much work I could avoid doing.

Bumper Sticker - Rhode Island - Unused Vacation


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I think anyone who’s buried someone who died too young gets the “there’s more to life” message behind this bumper sticker.

But as a nation we have a problem… and it’s not those who put work and career ahead of personal enjoyment…. it’s those who put their voyages of personal discovery ahead of adulthood…

Yukio Ngaby | June 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

“I never measured success by how much work I could avoid doing.”

Clearly you never worked in a governmental bureaucracy.

For a lot of wage-earners, especially dads, vacay is an intensely important time. Some families I know rarely have much interaction in the normal course of life, and the vacation offers concentrated time together.

I can totally understand not wanting to leave vacation time unspent. I wish I had had more as I raised my family.

I learned that lesson myself. Work hard and long, but take time to recharge your mental and physical batteries. It is amazing how even a small break can render mountains into molehills. Of course, our European friends have made vacation a fine art. International companies usually have separate and much more generous vacation provisions for their citizens working in US branches.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

Most people hope to retire & do nothing for a while before dying.

To get a vacation you need a job.

You lose (your self-esteem, your house, your retirement, etc.) if you don’t have a job and income. The Obama economy makes loss possible – equitably.

southcentralpa | June 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

Two thoughts:

1) Given that it’s Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations, it’s almost certainly a member of the government unions who have the state under their thumb

2) It’s not a vacation if you have to take the kids. If you take the kids, it is just a trip. (I am a homemaker, which may color my thinking here …)

One thing fer (that’s Southern) IS, you are not going to see that sticker on a black armored vehicle running around D.C.

Don’t vacation when you are young and healthy. Wait until you are too old and ill to do anything but visit your multiple doctors.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | June 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

The previous incarnation of this bumper sticker was a materialistic slogan, something to the effect “He who dies with the most toys wins”
Another one in this vein is “Eat dessert first, life is uncertain.”

Henry Hawkins | June 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

Vacation time is not a gift. It is part of an employee’s compensation. Not spending it is like not spending earned cash. Some companies will ‘buy’ back your vacation time, at a bargain for them, no doubt, but a nice option for the cash-strapped employee.

I worked for government and after vested in 5 years they threw so much time at me – compensatory, sick, vacation, personal, etc. – I couldn’t take it all, let it burn.

I’ve been self employed for a long while now and I get no comp time now, no sick, no vacation, no nuthin’, because my boss is a JERK.

Isn’t there a government program for victims like me?

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