I was at the office late into the evening yesterday and realized I had passed “the point of no return.” In other words, even if I were to leave immediately my son would be asleep by the time I got home. Of course a benefit of our industry is that on other days I’ll have meetings in the suburbs and get home a tad early. It doesn’t make those days when I can’t spend time with him any easier.
I remember an email from a client many years ago that read: “We work hard and spend long hours at the office. Next thing you know there are no longer diapers to change, toys to trip over in the living room, and bicycles lying in the driveway. All of sudden your kids are away at college. Although it is a cliché, time really does fly by.”
Most of us have an inner drive to succeed and give 110% for our clients. We are competitive and want to be the most knowledgeable and reliable in our respective business. Work is addicting. A very good year quickly becomes the new baseline against which we judge production for the next year. Our standards keep rising even though there are no more hours in the day.
We also strive to be there 110% for our family. We want to attend all of the games, plays, and music recitals. Let’s not forget the daily stuff, like eating dinner together, bedtime stories, and in the case of my 2 ½ -year-old showing me his newfound ability to jump from the couch onto a pile of pillows in a single bound.
We constantly try to find the balance in our lives. I certainly have not found mine yet. If someone has, you know how to reach me.