Life/Work Balance

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Photograph by Joseph Smith

It is modern and appropriate for businesses to tout their work/life balance programs.  A person cannot be all work and no play, no rest, or no passion.   However, businesses still won’t mind if you miss your child’s baseball game to finish a project or work more than 40 hours a week when you are salaried, because it improves their bottom line.  And will they tell you that you are working too hard or remind you that you haven’t taken your vacation time? Probably not.

It’s good to remember that there are moments that you live for, and there are moments that your work for.  These moments have very little to do with your day job. Let me explain.

Coming home to a nice house/apartment, a hot meal, clean linens on the bed, and a cuddle with your favorite pet are moments you work for.  The next time you hate your job, try to remember all the things it affords you.  Everything may not be the best of the best or what you feel you deserve, but you have to admit you are somewhat comfortable.  For these things we should be thankful and not take them for granted.

That once in a life time experience, your child’s first steps, time with your loving family , good music, a butterfly flitting across your path- these are moments we live for.  These are the “stop and smell the roses” moments. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in work and the stress of it that we don’t appreciate the special moments.  There is magic in our everyday lives if we only took the time to notice.

Take the time to be grateful for the things that you work for and the things that you live for- for these things are the fabric of your life!


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