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Traditionally, Friday marks the point in the week when we can look forward to  the weekend and a moment’s respite from toiling to earn a living. It is also the day when we can take stock and feel a small glow of satisfaction from the knowledge that our efforts will someday pay dividends, for someone, somewhere.

If you work for a large organisation it’s pleasing to know, though they’ll probably not tell you, that the directors and shareholders are grateful for your contribution to their wealth.

Public sector employees get extra brownie points. You can bask in the knowledge that your tireless efforts have made society a better place, Thanks to your commitment, someone’s life, or their future, has been touched  in some positive way. They won’t thank you either, but that’s not what you want or expect. Humility is its own reward.

If you don’t have a job you don’t have to be left out of the Friday feel-good effect. Only you know how you strive to bring a smile to the faces of others. Though it can feel lonely at times to know that your decency will be neither recognised nor rewarded, the satisfaction of your upright intentions must bring you a small measure of contentment.

Friday, though, is the time in the week to prepare for some ‘me’ time.  You have earned it.You can use the weekend to indulge yourself and restore your energies. Giving and working to benefit others is all very well, but you have to care for yourself don’t you? As we’ve seen, so many people depend on you, it would be a tragedy if you were to burn out or crash.

Today, as you review your week, remember not just to count your blessings, but also to plan a weekend that will refresh you.Society needs you, so take care of yourself so that you can continue your selfless efforts for the benefit of others.

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