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Work Life Balance

Thursday, 4 May, 2017 - 11:45 am

There has been a lot of discussion about work/life balance this week; it is all over my Facebook feed and news sites. 

My perspective on work/life balance is somewhat different than the articles floating around. 

First and foremost, there is no reason that a woman should feel that she cannot do her job because of a child at home any more than her husband. Raising children is a joint responsibility and each family needs to figure out what works best for them. I know quite a few good "stay at home dads" and "stay at home moms".

Secondly, most people today do not work just for the paycheck. Of course we need the paycheck to pay our bills, yet the purpose of their work is to make a difference. Many have a career choice where they can help the greater community. We see them helping others choose the right property/health/auto insurance, assisting people get healthy food on their tables, imbuing children and adults with a love of learning, making the world more beautiful by landscaping etc. Real work is also known as life.

Third, everyone we know struggles. Whether it is their job, their health, their family, their spirituality, their community, no one is immune to life challenges. We all have the work/life balance; working out ways to balance your needs and wants as well as your dreams and hopes.

So how do we get balance in our life? This week's Torah portion tells us that by infusing mindfulness and G-dliness in the "mundane" day to day we create balance.  Kedoshim Tehiyu - be holy - be separate, be special. When at work, stand out and focus on making an impact. When you are at home, turn off your work email, texts, cellphone, and focus on your family, your own health and spiritual growth. When praying, do not do other things, focus on the prayers. Kedoshim Tehiyu tells us most importantly that work to make this world a home for G-d! Spend time with your family because G-d likes a home which is peaceful, take care of your health because G-d entrusted you with a body to take care of it.

May you find true balance in your life - all aspects of it!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

Comments on: Work Life Balance

Ronnie Teitler Davis wrote...

Very insightful and very true. And when you are at work, be at work, and when you are home, be at home. Be in the present and change your thinking to make a difference in this world. Everyone has something to give.