What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

Riches are often equated with wealth in monetary and materialistic terms. But you can be money-rich yet time-poor (The Heart of Success). So what does it profit a man if he achieves everything in the world but loses the very crux of what life is all about?

Last month, I was surprised but grateful to receive two awards from the Ministry of Manpower for organizational Work-Life Excellence and Work-Life Leadership. The awards are a testament of what Focus on the Family seeks to promote through work-life – family and significance over material achievements.

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.
~ Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

Work-life balance/harmony/integration/effectiveness/whatever-you-prefer-to-call-it… isn’t the end goal; Family is. All too often we’ve heard the people who vehemently tell us that family is of utmost importance say in the same breath, “There just isn’t enough time.”

Learning about parenting is so important; this generation of kids is just so different.
Why don’t you come for our next parenting workshop then?
Sorry, no time.

It’s so important for married couples to spend time together.
That’s why we’re planning a special marriage retreat next month. Come join us!
Where got time?!

It’s time then to make time – not that we could increase the number of hours in each day, but to constantly check our life’s priorities and seek better or wiser ways to utilise our time. So that at the end of the day, we don’t look back on life with regret, or worse still, resentment.

There are a finite number of hours in a day and only so much we can do. Something has got to give. Will it be your family or your work? Will it be meaningful relationships or calculated profit?

At the heart of the matter is choice. Work-life balance is all about making choices.

I always wonder about people who work 12-hour jobs and ceaseless weekends because “they can’t help it”. You could – if you were willing to make some changes in your life; if you were willing to take a pay cut; if you decided to forego your “stable” job of 20 years; if you worked only during your peak productivity period to relax or exercise more, so you can stay productive during those hours.

Hey, I haven’t “arrived” either. Work-Life is a lifelong journey. And it’s nice to be able to share it with the team at Focus.


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