cheeseburglar wrote:It could be worse. Do work, get money, do stuff.
I worked with an attorney years back who had a photograph of himself sitting knee-deep in muddy water in a bunker in Vietnam. Instead of being on general display, the picture faced him on his desk, next to his phone, and a little brass plaque on the frame said "Never Forget. It Can Always Be Worse."
Guy came in promptly at nine, worked like hell all day, and left promptly at 4:30 no matter what. There was a 50/50 chance he'd be in on any given Friday. "Priorities outrank demands" he'd say sometimes - I liked the balance and try to emulate it.
Take pride in what you do, earn your pay, but protect your time for yourself and your family. There is no constant "true self" for me, it fluctuates by the hour on any given day, depending. Yes, I can get that project in on time and under budget, no I will not miss my son's game for your meeting.