They sneak around together behind my back. I have been really intentional about keeping them apart before. But they get together when I’m not paying attention. They started hooking up and before I knew it they were married. I actually figured out they were married when some things changed and I tried to divorce them.
It’s really freaking dangerous when my value hooks up with my work. We all struggle with it. Many even encourage it. But it’s a slippery slope. We were never meant to marry our value to our work.
Our work changes. Circumstances change. People change. Markets change. Management changes. Winds blow one way, then another. Entropy is natural. Work is not dependable. Our ability to work is not always in our control.
Placing our value in something that changes is like building a house on a sand dune - not safe for the house.
So what’s the best way to keep my value from hooking up with my work? Marrying my value to another, more faithful, caring lover.