Do you live to work or do you work to live? Do you work all hours just to pay the bills? Does the money run out before the end of each month? Do you love work so much that you ignore your family life and create disillusion for your partner?
Do you have time and energy to be with your family and friends? Can you do what you love to do for leisure and relaxation? You may need both time and money for that. This makes life worthwhile.
We can have a job and security but it is sad that some people count the years to retirement, looking forward to weekends, and fearing Monday, not living in, or making the most of, the present moment. Or can we do something we enjoy and be paid for it?
Richard Branson said that when you work at what you enjoy, it is not work: “My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’”
We can chase the dream of acquiring material possessions, but as we get older we realise that there are more important things in life, especially relationships with people, and helping less fortunate people.
In the meantime we have to create time with our partner and children to make relationships work, and find the middle ground between becoming a workaholic and not creating enough income to enjoy life.
In a job, we can also develop entrepreneurial skills where we can strive to create added value to the company we work for, make sure that the boss knows what we are doing, to support promotion or pay rise. That is is subject of a future article.
Enjoy your work, enjoy your leisure – IN BALANCE.