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Service above personal life

Postby Sweeet » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:36 pm

I recently read Joseph Rocha article, “I Didn't Tell. It Didn't Matter.”, in Washington Post . In the article he says,“ I chose to put service above my personal life.” I realized that's what I did. I put service so far above that I didn't have a personal life. Towards the end of my enlistment, I met someone who made me see what I was missing. When I got out, I was so ready, I didn't know where or how to start. It was like arriving late to a party. Too much lost. If I knew then what I know now, I'd know it's not worth it.

How many of you think or thought service about personal life was worth it.
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Re: Service above personal life

Postby Earl Butz » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:29 am

Ja. That's called the work/life balance paradigm.

I was 26 when I realized my life was seriously out of whack. It was all work, no fun. You have to balance out your time. Half work, half time for yourself. Don't put all your eggs in the work basket.
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Re: Service above personal life

Postby nimby » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:48 am

I was the product of people who put everything else before personal life, thus I was pretty much a self raised kid. And I learned early on that that is not healthy so I did the reverse. Married young, had kids young, and devoted most of my time and energy to my family. Did my career suffer? Probably, but I don't care. Really in the end it's just a job and I won't even be a memory to my employers. Hopefully my family will remember me long after I'm gone.
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