I was pretty pleased with my last blog entry on how I spend my time and comfortable with my decision to continue to blog at a lower priority than my new work projects. But I received a comment that has me rethinking things. The comment was:
And of course, it's one thing to put a low priority on things that only affect you versus a low priority on things that affect other people. Here's where priorities overlap. Taking this example: Your blogging may be low on your priority list, but it's pretty high on my build-my-intelligence priority list. Your decision affects me. Sometimes, balancing work and life may require a little selfishness.
My prioritizations were selfish—and I don't think that is bad. I often remind people to make their decisions on work-life and not let the outside world judge them. But at the same time, I have to think about my impact on others. It was thrilling to read this comment and know that someone out there reads this and gains from it. Perhaps I'm more obligated that I thought.
Full disclosure. This comment came from my twenty-five year old son, back from Senegal and working for the National Park Service. He sparked a dialog and some rethinking about my work-life in a post earlier this year. [I have to tell you that it is such a pleasure to have incredible dialogs and discussions with both my kids. I'm really glad they grew up!]
I have work responsibilities and obligation to those that I am working with now, but it is very different than when I was managing a large number of employees. Stepping away from day to day managing and challenging myself with a lot of new projects has forced me to rethink and get a little selfish. At the same time, I have always believed that I have to give back. This means a slight shift from selfish as I give a little time and prioritize blogging a bit more.
<sigh> .... and .... <grin>
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