Work Life Balance

When one hears people rattle on about work life balance, it's so easy to think in terms of the number of hours spent doing work versus doing "living".   Comical really, as work is part of living.   What's "work life balance" really about?

For me, there are events in the world, some local, some remote, which make me sit back and review my life.   This includes work, and for me, that work has been 15 years of life at Sun.   Today, while driving into work listening to the news, I heard that an amateur equestrian, Christopher Reeve, who had been paralysed while competing in May 1995, had died.   ( BBC news )

I liked the Superman films and character.   But more, it was the reminder that equestrians can get badly injured having fun with their horses that struck me....   and probably thousands of other amateur equestrians.

So, triggered by a sobering reminder of how mortal we are all, once again, I find myself wondering... thinking... considering...

o   When I'm 70 or 80 years old and I look back on my life, how will I feel about the decisions I am making today?
o   Am I doing the things I want to do or am I just letting the days and years slip by?
o   How are my priorities?   Am I happy with them?
o   How well am I living up to my own values?
o   How well am I living each precious day of my life?
o   What should I do for lunch?
o   How can I make the most of my day job?
o   How well do I show my love & appreciation of my friends, family, colleagues, and my darling husband?

Life gets way too routine at times.   Time slips by.   And then something happens to wake us out of our little trances.   Today, I woke up again.

Someday, when I'm old and (more) wrinkly, I hope I can look back and say to myself, "Nicely done, Girl!"   But for now, I'm still smiling.   And I think that that in itself is the only good measure of my own "work life balance".

Comments:

I has worked for 11 years in Sun.
When I was a child, I tought what is my life. But I don't have the answer yet. The answer will be there, when I will die. I hope I would be happy life. What is a life? Human being has eternal theme.

Now I think that what I contribute to after world. Egyptian ancient made Great Pyramid. Japanese ancient made Horyuji in AC.607 which is most oldest tmple. What I did? What I do? What is a evidence I lived?
I still think and consider.

Posted by yasuyuki on October 11, 2004 at 09:02 PM EDT #

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