I love this quote from Sonya Renee Taylor. As we get back into the swing of post-pandemic life, it is a good time to reflect upon what blessings came from the past 18 months that we want to carry on.

While, I don’t love doing virtual happy hours. I loved not having to battle traffic, or having to invest a lot of time getting ready. I developed a greater love of cooking and eating at home, and we are family of master puzzlers.   I also enjoyed the slower pace that many of us moved at. Many of us took time to catch up with long lost friends from around the world, and cleaned out overstuffed closets, basements and garages.

I don’t want to go back to…

But for many of us, our work weeks got longer, much longer. Without the separation of home and office, many people were working more than 40+ hours a week with very little breaks. Those with kids were homeschooling their children while trying to juggle work and let’s be honest, many of us were on the verge of a nervous breakdowns. These are the things that I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO. I hope through this experience we have developed a greater appreciation and respect for our educators and child care professionals. They do such hard and important work for our children! For far too long, we haven’t given teachers and child care workers the respect, pay and professionalism they deserve.

The 40 hour work week is out of style

I also hope that working 40+ hours a week, falls out of style. For many Americans working 40+ hours and being busy is a badge of honor. I recently listened to a podcast by Ezra Klein on, Why We Work So Damn Much. Historically speaking, we live in an age of extraordinary abundance. We have long since passed the income thresholds when past Economists believed our needs would be more than met and we’d be working 15-hour weeks, puzzling over how to spend our free time. Even though we have reached widespread wealth and abundance in our nation, Americans are working more than ever. How do we change this?

Iceland moved to a 32 hour work week, and they have seen a jump in worker productivity, not a decline. An Icelandic study released last month showed that reduced four-day workweeks are not only more efficient, but also helped relieve stress and burnout for employees.

I hope that we continue to stitch together a new garment for life, one that is based in community, equity, respect, love, and abundance.

In Health,