Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The true balance isn't between "work and home" but "outer and inner life"

We often hear of achieving a balance between work and home as the key to an all-around healthy, stress-free life, but author Douglas LaBier states that

people are framing the problem incorrectly. There is no way to balance work and home, because they exist on the same side of the scale -- what I consider the "outer" part. On the other side of the scale is their personal, private life -- the "inner" person. I encourage clients not to think about balancing work life and home life, but to balance outer life and inner life.

This is my favorite line from the article:

[A man] was debating whether to leave an out-of-town meeting early, which would be difficult, to be home for his daughter's 18th birthday. I asked him the simplest question: Which choice would he be more likely to feel good about at the end of his life?

—Mellow Monk


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