If my life were made up of busy tokens — a token representing a level of effort to be allocated to some activity — and I had 100 of them, I would at the present moment be using them all. In the past, I may have taken my 100 tokens and only used 85 consistently. 30 for family, 20 for spiritual matters, 10 for health, 25 for work, leaving about 15 to distribute to a multitude sof pontaneous busyness.
Lately, though, I consume all my busy tokens. And I could use some more. I’d say my ratio is now is 70 for work, 15 for family, 10 for spiritual matters and 5 for miscellaneous things that have to get done like raking leaves.
It’s happened over the last 18 months, but work has become more and more the place where my tokens go. It wasn’t that I had planned this. It sort of just happened. I work for a growing company that is continuously introducing new products on a global scale. Which just leads to more work for me, my team and many around me.
It’s an imbalance. It’s hard. And I am keenly aware that I am not alone. Many friends share the same situation and I see many for whom work has become more and more. Most importantly, it’s temporary (you know, mortality being at least the upper limit of my employment).
What is it that Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4? “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Eternal. Yes, in my current context, eternal is still where I gaze.