Thought for the Day – 9 August 2018


Thought for the Day 9 August 2018

Happy National Women’s Day to all who qualify in this category. And, to the men out there, don’t think you can celebrate this day, talk up a storm about all the things that should be done about issues relating to women and then forget all about this until the same time next year. This leads me to my thought for today:

“Public Holidays are a pain in the butt!”

They come along at random times for a whole bunch of celebrations that mean a lot to marketers trying to persuade you to spend more of your hard earned cash and a lot to politicians who want an opportunity to align with whatever the day is about. But generally, they are just a day to sleep late. I think most people don’t really care what the topic is, they just like the day off. Maybe I’m too cynical, but I don’t see a lot of sustained national effort going into these things after the day is done.

Maybe there should be a national referendum day to give people a chance to propose a whole bunch more fatuous days to add to our list of public holidays and special issue days. How about ‘Hug a Tree day’? Oh I forgot, isn’t there a National Arbor Day? So perhaps ‘Suck a squirrel day’ or ‘Ban baggy-assed pants day’ or ‘People taller than 1.8 metres day’. If we all get creative for a day, think how many more rubbish days we could come up with.

How many public holidays are there anyway? Twelve? Thirteen?

Quite frankly, I’d rather have two weeks extra added to my annual leave – it would be far less disruptive to our National Economy Days and far more relaxing for me.

Maybe we need a ‘Ban Dumb Days’ day!!!     

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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