Treasure Island

Elena Plotkin


Life's Work


How does one measure a person's life's work?
Is it by the amount recorded in their bank book?
Is it by the volume or decibels of the applause?
Is it by the number of shouts of ohs and ahs?
Is it by the number of thanks that was said?
Is it by the amount of joy that they have spread?
Is it by how little they have had to regret?
Is it by how much they have had to sweat?
Is it by how much time they had spent?
Is it by how far they had went?
Is it by how many kilos or pounds they had schlepped?
Is it by how many people and animals they had helped?
Is it by how many others they had inspired?
Is it by how many friends and fans they acquired?
Is it by the amount of obstacles they had to overcome?
Is it by the amount of good they had done?
Is it by how much they gave rather than they took?
Is there really any way to measure a person's life's work?

(C) 2014 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Edited: Friday, June 13, 2014

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  • Bri Edwards (7/26/2014 11:30:00 PM)

    had went? ?

    i certainly think that some of the quantities you listed could be used to measure, in part, a person's life's work, or a person's life.
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    IF I WERE TO MODIFY THE QUESTION TO ASK.............HOW DOES ONE MEASURE THE worth OF A PERSON'S LIFE'S WORK (or the 'worth' of a person's LIFE) ? ...............i would pick these from the list:


    by the volume or decibels of the applause.........[[depending on who is doing the applauding! and why.]]

    by the number of shouts of ohs and ahs ......[[again depending on who is making the 'ohs' and 'ahs' AND why]]

    by the number of thanks that was said......[[ ditto the above; BUT sometimes people don't get thanked when they deserve thanks]]

    by the amount of joy that they have spread.......[[I HOPE SO! ]]

    by how little they have had to regret ..............[[depends on the circumstances]]

    by how much they have had to sweat..................[[could well be; it could be physical or emotional sweat]]

    by how much time they had spent........[[again, depends on the circumstances]]

    by how far they had went ............[[i assume you mean went in maturing, succeeding, etc.; this would be highly variable, but could be useful in measuring worth]]

    by how many kilos or pounds they had schlepped ....[[could have some bearing; circumstances again; to convert kilos to pounds, divide by about 2.2]]

    by how many people and animals they had helped........[[to me, this is a 'biggie'; helping does not always take a lot of time or money or physical or mental labor; i'm assuming help implies improving the quality of one's life without breaking laws (for the most part) ]] [[of course it is not just the number of those helped that is important, but also how much 'improvement' has been achieved]]

    by how many others they had inspired......[[inspiring others to do good works or to help themselves is a nice touch, but is not always going to happen]]

    by how many friends and fans they acquired......[[at first this may seem not a good measure of worth, but it certainly could be]] [[again, it depends on the circumstances]]

    by the amount of obstacles they had to overcome....[[could be considered a factor, though i might not have thought about it]]

    by the amount of good they had done..... [[this seems to be a 'no-brainer'; does anyone disagree? ]]

    by how much they gave rather than they took .......[[well, i think the old saying it is better to give than to receive is a useful rule, especially if one is talking about the flu. just kidding! to say receive sounds better than took, but i would not say it is necessarily bad to take, especially if something was offered before being taken]]
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    Is there really any way to measure a person's life's work?

    I'M OPEN TO SUGGESTION. thanks, elena, for 'giving'. i was not too proud to 'take'. bri :) (Report) Reply

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