“They intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.”
– Aldous Huxley
We indulge in a long hours culture.
It has become the norm.
And our career progression appears bound up with how much we can endure – often reinforced with a (faux) emphasis on being present.
But don’t let the work obscure:
- The (really) important things in life.
- Who you are?
- Asking “Is this all there is?”
- Following your dreams.
- Helping others.
- Living a balanced life.
- Being happy.
Of course, it is easier said than done, but will you judge your legacy on how much you missed out on, or how much your life was enriched?
You may be blessed that you have the balance right, but too many people put things on hold, and just when they feel they have broken free, something hits them from left field, and any idea of change is blown asunder.
Work is not your life.
At least I hope so.