From Work-Life Balance to Life Wholeness
If you’re looking at today (Friday) as an escape route to get to the weekend, that is a sign that you are tired, stressed out, and/or not in tune with yourself.
Notwithstanding excitement over weekend activities, Fridays should be days where we look ourselves in the mirror, take pride in who we are, and finish strong.
TGIF-type attitudes mask the fact that many of us hate, or tolerate, at best, our jobs.
I’ve “been there, done that,” too.
But there are ways of approaching our jobs, and work, in general, that are affirming of our values and who we really are.
You are not your job.
Work, for most of us, is necessary. But many of us define ourselves by our jobs. We “are” what we “do.” Hence the infamous question we ask when meeting someone new: “What do you do?”
Resist being defined by what you do. Instead…
You are a whole person with real values and interests.
Be defined by who you really are.
What values do you hold closely? Do those happen to integrate with your work? Then celebrate them! What interests do you have? Do those align with your work activities? Then dive into them.
But work is only a part of your whole, and you are not what you do. You are you.
Work is a big chunk of your life but should be integrated into who you are.
Too many people fall victim to working long days and hours at jobs they despise just to make money. They spend two days trying to relax before going back to the meat grinder to do it all over again.
When you separate your work from who you are, you see it as a series of tasks to do, relationships to build, and ways to grow. It integrates into your whole being.
So–finish today strong! You are a warrior in life, building strength and courage to overcome your challenges.
Look forward to your weekend but do not let it become a way to avoid doing the hard, inner work that is necessary for you to integrate work life into your whole being.