Note the similarities between the photo above — taken by Bob Ford at the Benjamin Kaffeeklatsch I wrote about Friday — and the one below (which you’ve seen many times before). See how I’m hunched over in the same attitude of intensity over my notes, just working away. I think I’m even wearing the same sweater vest.
Now, what is the big difference?
Simple: In the photo below, I’m being well compensated for my diligence — which is a good thing, seeing as how this meeting was at about 7 or 7:30 a.m. on MLK Day 2008. The rest of the building was empty, but our boardroom was a hive of activity, since that was the time Barack Obama had agreed to accommodate our request for an interview.
But above, I’m working for the blog, which has not paid me one red cent to date.
So what keeps me going? Inertia? Can I just not stop doing journalism after all these years? Habit? Compulsion? Whatever it is, I’m not at all sure it’s healthy… Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work…
By the way, you can see the photographer, Bob Ford, back on this post (sorry about the quality, Bob; I shot it with my phone).
Bob is an ex-newspaperman who has a blog of his own with a cops-and-robbers theme, in which he mines his experience working with law enforcement folks for many years.
There is good stress and bad stress. No stress is actually quite depressing and depression is linked with increased heart disease, among other things.
If you suddenly came into enough money to never have to worry about money, are you happier today or a year ago? I think you may actually be happier today, but for the money/insurance thing.
and besides that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?….