Workaholism .. A compulsion to work excessively hard and long hours.

OCD .. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. You all know what this is!

What we did for love!

The Streak .. 

Extreme Dedication .. A Gift from Ginny! 

Maybe all five of them!

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I write our Posts on the evening before they are officially dated. So it is now July the 4th here in Anchorage. It’s publishing date will be tomorrow, Friday, July the 5th.

This afternoon, at 5:10pm our electrical power shut down. It’s a clear day, no storms, no wind, no real reason, maybe a car hit a power pole, maybe we’ll never know.

So Patti and I waited. And we waited. And we waited.  

By 8pm (12 midnight in the Eastern Time Zone) we still had no power.  

An absolute truth .. IF I did not have our Streak going, a post-each-and-every-day-for-652 consecutive days (21 consecutive months), I would have mentally said, “No problem. I’ll miss a day!” 

YEAH BUT we do have it going. And I have said repeatedly .. Only if I cannot possibly publish a post, will I break the Streak. 

Workaholic? OCD? What we did for love? The Streak? Extreme Dedication?

So I packed our laptop (with his support materials) into our truck and motored over to our local Loussac Library (closed on the 4th of July) where I can get great Internet outside the building in the parking lot.

My Laptop and Mouse with my Lapboard that I put over my knees Ready To Go!

And I began to write this Post!

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National Workaholics Day is on July 5. It’s meant to remind us to find a good balance between our home and work life. In general, workaholics tend to put work before almost everything else. This includes family, friends, and even their own health for the sake of work performance and their quest for perfectionism. As a result, multiple areas of their lives are affected negatively. Their love life can fall apart and they can become lethargic if they don’t properly take care of themselves. On National Workaholics Day, we are reminded to make sure to care for ourselves outside of work as well!

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While at the Library inserting the above paragraph, Patti texted me saying ” “Cap the power is back on!”

So I packed my gear up, and came home.

Onward we go!

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Work ethic has changed many times over the centuries. During the sixteenth century, Puritans redefined work as an obligation that benefited everyone in society and the idea of “good works” was formed. They viewed diligent work as a sign of grace, while Catholics saw work as a requirement and a manifestation of the faith they received. This tethering of faith and work would remain throughout the centuries as the world evolved.

When Puritans settled in the New World, they brought their work ethic along with them. They escaped religious persecution and created the idea of the Colonial American Dream, built on the idea that good works brought prosperity. They built a society in the New England area based on the beliefs of ambition, hard work, and the constant pursuit of success, and believed that by living this way, their workmanship on Earth would be rewarded in heaven.

German sociologist Max Weber defined this concept in his book “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” published in 1905. Labor ideology had a radical shift during this time, as the Industrial Revolution mechanized labor. The small-scale workshops faded away as the industrialization of the manufacturing process increased mass consumption. This was less faith-based as the individual workmanship of the person was removed in favor of the machine.

New research suggests people who let their jobs consume their lives may have ADHD, OCD, anxiety, or depression. There’s a fine balance between working to live and living to work. For many people, work is more than just something we do to pay our bills. Working long hours can make employees sick and increases the odds of depression and heart attacks.

The 1950s brought about another change in labor dynamics. Young workers were eager to rise through the company, follow the rules, and please their bosses. Fortune magazine referred to this as the “grey flannel mentality”.

In 1968, comedian Rodney Dangerfield came up with the word “workaholics” when he described his father and his relationship with alcohol to cope with the burdens of work. Today, many people still have an unhealthy work-life, and National Workaholics Day hopes to remedy that.

Workaholic? OCD? What we did for love? The Streak? Extreme Dedication?

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Actually I have until 7:59pm on the day of a Post to publish it to keep the Streak alive. So I could have waited until today (Friday, July the 5th at 7:59pm). Had I done this, you in the East would not have seen it until tomorrow morning (Saturday July the 6th). 

Another late night this one is! But I feel we did the right thing.

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Cap and Patti


  1. Ginny

    Cap, that’s extreme dedication going to the library parking lot to hook up to the internet! And so your streak continues! Trusting your power is indeed still on! Big hugs and much love ❤️

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      I like that Ginny. “Extreme Dedication”. Thanks so very much Ginny. “Extreme Dedication”! Love it in fact. It rings much nicer than workaholic and OCD obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact I have “gone back in time” to the Post and inserted “Extreme Dedication”! How is THAT Ginny! Yes Oh Yes. Our electrical power stayed on and remains on! Smiles .. Cap

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