The other day, a colleague was looking through a deck of cards on my desk. The cards are flashcards with business lingo on them. She was shuffling through them and came to "Work-Life Balance."
She looked at me and asked, "Do you think there's a reason that card came up first? Is that issue on your mind right now?"
I laughed and said, "Oh that issue is always on my mind - wherever it is in the deck."
Today, I am working from home. Not because anyone in my family is sick. Not because I am waiting for someone to arrive at some point within a six-hour window to repair something or deliver something or haul something away. I am working from home for work-related reasons.
It is awesome.
This morning, Bug rode his scoot-bike, Squish was bundled in the stroller, and we took the bike path to daycare/school. It was a slow commute punctuated by comments from the ever-observant Bug: "Hey - look out! There's lion poop on the bike path!"
The drop-off process was relaxed. I felt no pressure to get back to the car, to drive to work, to get to my cubicle. (Yes, cubicle.)
I walked back home to start my work, and the walk was wonderful. Every day should start with a fifteen to twenty minute walk, if not two of them.
While I often struggle with much larger questions about my career, what I want for myself, what I want for my family, and how all of that fits together, today, there is no struggle. Today, I feel the balance, and I am looking forward to the walk home down the bike path with my Bug and my Squish.