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Subject:Re: Life Priorities From:"Wing, Michael J" <mjwing -at- INGR -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 14 Feb 1997 11:25:40 -0600
>Mitch Berg, you have my standing ovation on your dedication to your family.
>Michael Wing, just as Mitch wondered, I wonder too: do you have a family?
> Wife and children? Some of us simply cannot be very productive if we don't
>strike a balance between family and work. I work an average of 8 1/2 - 9 hrs
>week, and am glad to go home to my three children in time to catch some
>daylight and take them to the park.
In answer to these questions;
Yes I have a family; My parents recently moved down south (actually just
5 miles away) when they retired.
Yes, I have a wife (married 5 years)
No, I do not have children. I never wanted any. I guess even if you're
undecided if you want any, you shouldn't. It's too late after having
them to decide that maybe you shouldn't have. With me, I can't say that
I've even had the fleeting thought of "I wonder if I should have had
But this is the double-edged question. If I have children, then my
nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic would be deemed negligent of family
and a case of misplaced priorities. If I don't have children then it's
a case of "I thought so".
I'm not advocating that anyone neglect or abandon their family to do
their job. I am saying that most companies act in their own self
interests. If they have a job that requires 50+ hour weeks for long
durations, they serve themselves and the applicant's best interests by
stating that there are long hours and pressure with the job. Therefore,
a family-person may pass up on the job before applying. Whereas, a
non-family person, such as myself, may relish such a position.
| Michael Wing
| Principal Technical Writer
| Infrastructure Technical Information Development
| Intergraph Corporation
| Huntsville, Alabama
| (205) 730-7250
| mjwing -at- ingr -dot- com