I watched a little Joel Osteen last night. His message encouraged people to take time after work to adjust their attitudes so they did not bring workday stress into the home. Good advice. The problem is that for most people, the distinction between work and home is blurry at best.
These days, people with traditional jobs bring work home every day in the form of PDAs, laptops, cell phones, pagers and briefcases. For those of us with our own businesses, the distinction between work and home blurs even more. And if your work is your passion, the lines disappear completely as you combine things you enjoy with the need to pull your own weight in this world. What could be better than being able to kill those two birds with one stone?
OK so, even if our passion is work and our work is passion, we still can't have a business conference call at the family dinner table. On the other hand, we welcome times when family and business blend together organically. For example, after church yesterday, I found myself talking with two women about how they could use the Indie Business Trifecta to grow their businesses — all while we watched our kids play in the sunshine. Another example: I am helping my daughter's kindergarten teacher change her print newsletter to an email format. In so doing, I give my daughter a happier teacher, make it easier for me to read and save her newsletters, live out my passion to help women be successful in their chosen profession and promote my business — all at the same time.
Many of us have heard what Osteen said about separating work and family so many times that we assume that a healthy lifestyle is one where the lines are clear and bright. I disagree. I think everyone should strive to find a way to do what they love, get paid for it and teach their children and other family members how to do the same. That's what Osteen's doing. And that way, everyone's a winner.