Work/ Life Balance fantasy

It might be one of the few times I am not exaggerating when I say that work life balance is a preoccupation of most if not every working person in America.   I am fascinated with this quest and people’s obsession with it precisely because it is doomed from the start. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that the desire is a bad one. I am saying that the way the goal is stated makes it doomed. In seeking balance, we are acknowledging a conflict, a set of opposing forces.  If you think of examples they are always an exercise of one force working against another.  So we are  alwys forced to make concessions.  Compromise is said to be the way of the world and yet I find myself feeling sick trying to accept what it has done to me.”- Douglas Coupland

As long as we frame the challenge this way there will be anxiety and guilt. Not a path to peace if you asked me. 

What we ought to be aiming for is integration.  But that requires us to dig a lot deeper.  

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Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Principal of Bowline Consulting, process designer/fixer, wireless telecom veteran, addicted pick up soccer player, fly fisher, backpacker, beer brewer, guitar player, choir singer, recovering bag piper

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