It’s a sweltering summer Sunday and my daughter has gone down for her afternoon nap. She just recently started crawling and is super inquisitive and also super exhausting (but in a delightfully good way). The weekends are a joy because I get to spend time with my wife and daughter. But Sundays are always bittersweet because I have to return to work the next day.
You see every weekday I leave my heart at home. My heart is with my beautiful wife and daughter. I really like my job and it is super rewarding helping people. But it’s not as rewarding as being a husband and father. I am grateful to have a job that supports my family, so each day I work hard to do my best. For them!
It’s also important for me find a balance between home and work. Too much dedication to work and the family suffers. Too much dedication to the family and work suffers. The key is to set healthy boundaries. When I am home, I do my best to remain present with my family and maximize my time with them. I try to never bring home with me. I remind myself that if something doesn’t get done during working hours, it doesn’t get done until the next day. That means I need to be super efficient at work by staying in the present moment and not allowing myself to be distracted. It’s not easy and requires a lot of effort on my part. Sound familiar?
At work I have a series of checklists and to-do items which help me stay on task but it’s about recognizing when I am distracted and re-focusing. Same as when I am home and the lure of electronic distractions pull me away from what’s important. It takes work and right now I will go into more detail on how to…wait my daughter is up and apparently turned into a huge southern rock fan. 🙂 Dancing to Lynyrd Skynyrd. So proud. More to follow. God Bless!
‘In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.”’
2 Thessalonians 3:10 (HCSB)