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How to Stop Worrying About “Life-Work Balance”

There have been hundreds of books, seminars, and consultants focused on helping people negotiate the demands of balancing life and work. Yes, there are workaholics who can’t seem to turn it off – ever. But here’s what I think: Life-work balance is only necessary when you’re doing a job you hate. That could cover a lot of careers obviously, because everyone has their own preferences. So if you hate your career (and plan to stay there) then yes – start working on the balance thing. But if you really love what you do, then a quote from English educator and philosopher L. P. Jacks tosses the life-work equation out the window:

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves it to others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both.”

So perhaps the best suggestion is to stop worrying about work-life balance, and start finding a career you love.

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  1. It’s been my experience that a man desperately trying to take care of his family better, can loose his perspective and default to trying too hard. Nothing to do with hating his job just slowly trying to work harder and harder to simply make enough money to even have a budget.

    When you are on your own with no family support it can be tough. Men of integrity will work hard at a job they like just to simply try to get a promotion.

    The irony of the situation is that men of integrity that need better for their families can get unbalanced without realizing they are neglecting the very thing they are working so hard to make things better. When this happens the feelings of growing apart begin to take root and can snuff out a perfectly good family.

    Doing what you like but you don’t have the high flying salary of other jobs we tend to forget who is our real source. We take things into our own hands separating ourselves from the one that wants and has promised to provide for all our needs.

    Easy to say all this but I pray we learn to rest in the one that cares for us beyond what we even can understand.

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