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I came across the phrase “White Collar Prison” a few weeks ago and it really resonated.

It describes a workplace where people go to the office everyday with their feet shuffling and their shoulders slumped, dreading another day of responding to endless emails and attending boring, unimaginative meetings.  People trapped in the white collar prison do meaningless work with no passion, but they put up with it because they need to work and they’re just grateful to have a job.

They feel trapped and they say to themselves that there’s no way out, so they tolerate the drudgery and suppress their dreams.

We spend so much of our lives at work that it would be a shame to have it feel like you’re in prison.

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As I was writing this post, it was a day of celebration in Chile as the first of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for the past 69 days started their gradual ascent to freedom.

It was a long process for them, as the miners could only be released one by one, so the process took a couple of days.

As I reflected on this event, I was reminded of Viktor Frankl’s words when he said, “The last of one’s true freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

As sad as it is that these men were trapped underground in such scary circumstances, it’s even sadder when I come across people who are trapped, not by their physical circumstances, but by their mindsets and attitudes.

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