Presenteeism came up in conversation over the weekend and I was expressing frustration that it was still so common. "But that is what real work is like" was the rejoinder,"anything else is just philosophy".

How did we end up with this fixed sense of reality? Isn't it all just stories about how things should be?

We must always ask who started those stories and why. We must always remember that we can choose our own stories. We can always imagine new ones.

If we don't have control over our stories we have lost control of our lives.