My father, who lives in Mexico, said that the biggest adjustment he felt was changing from a time-based economy to a relational economy. In Mexico, people enjoy the company of each other and their lives are simply based off that. My dad told the story his wife and himself visiting a couple friends when they had first arrived. My step mom would glance at her watch and make mention that it was getting late. In our country, this is a normal occurrence. We start yawning, look at our watch, make it known that we have to be up early, head for the door and say our goodbye's for the next 10 minutes, then leave. In Mexico, this behavior is actually considered rude. Not knowing this, My Dad and his wife did exactly what our fast paced economy teaches us, and left. Later finding out, that their friends were actually offended by their actions.
My dad further explained, that Mexican people are Relational. It doesn't matter how late you're running or if you have to be somewhere. They focus on the NOW. If they are having a good conversation or are enjoying themselves, they stay longer. The obligations in their day are to sculpt and shape their relationships. There are no strung out goodbye's and when the conversation is done they will move on to the next relation by simply getting up and leaving.
I know, in our communities and our fast paced lifestyles, we don't have the time to make everyday relational. Learning the breakdown within the above article, though, can help re-program our brains to focus on the important relationships; business, personal and spiritual and improve our overall happiness. We have 24 hours in a day and barely find time to do everything we need to do. Scheduling and planning sometimes aren't enough. We need help.
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The Chart to the right, shows the first pie graph within - The Origin of The 8 Hour Work Day Article. I found this chart very interesting. It is polled from the American economy, but we, as Canadians, are similar. A total of 16.4 hours, on average, per day are dedicated to work and sleep. What this chart doesn't accurately dictate is how much time we spend in travel to and from work or sports events or extra curricular activities. We barely have a enough time to squeeze in exercise, family time, eating, drinking, and, most important, relaxation but we also have to worry about construction and getting what we need done.