Life is all about balance. I’m not talking about “work-life-balance” as that’s fairly straightforward – you should have as much life as possible, and as little work. The balance I’m talking about is more, a lack of extremes.
For example, having a little shiny crystal in your purse, because you think it opens a chakra, or summons an angel, hurts no-one and might make you happy; having forty-thousand crystals strung up in every corner of your house, car and handbag makes you uncomfortable to be around …literally.
Extremes have their own place too; it’s ok to pull an all-nighter once in a while to get a difficult chapter of a book written or, as is more likely for you, finish the boss level on some mega-difficult console game. It’s not ok to do this every night.
It’s great to get fit and eat healthily, but it’s bad if all you do is exercise and calorie count. Equally it’s less than ideal to vegetate and eat cake all day (although obviously it’s a lot of bloody fun and should be done at least once in a while!)
If you spend your whole life earning money and networking to progress then you may well earn a lot of money, but you won’t have any time left over for living. That’s where we get the phrase “spend your life” from; life, like money, is a commodity.
Unfortunately money also remains a commodity – you CAN’T always get more money, certainly not without giving up more time. Ultimately, you have to find a balance with both time and money. I think Goethe said it best:-
You can work hard all your life and maybe retire on a good pension, or you can enjoy your life and maybe end your life destitute, but perhaps if you get the balance right you can instead have alternate periods of time and money that give you the balance you need.
Balance isn’t an easy thing to achieve though, but like anything, if you’re at least aiming to find it, you have a much better chance of getting there.