This morning, while driving to the mechanic's to pick up the Jeep, Gary and I heard a report on NPR about the millennial generation and their views on work. Apparently 'work' is cutting in to their personal time to the detriment of their social lives. When I heard this I asked Gary, "What is this 'personal time' that they speak of? I don't think I am familiar with this concept." Gary smiled and said something like, "That's because you don't work... you have a vocation."
True... very true. But in light of yesterday's post, it is interesting to consider when my personal time begins and my work time ends. I consider Friday personal time... I watch TV, lounge around in my PJ's and try not to think about church stuff. Also, I consider the hours between 6am and 9:45am personal time. I read, eat breakfast with Gary, catch up on the news, and walk the dog or go to the gym. But it is also true that at any moment I could be called to the hospital or to the side of a parishioner in crisis. As long as these are true emergencies, I really do not mind the intrusion on my personal time. Also, during my personal time I enjoy reading theology and reflecting on the spiritual life... and during my work time, I sometimes blog!
While I enjoy my personal time and my work time, I think life works best for me when I don't compartmentalize. My work time informs my personal time and my personal time impacts my work time. (That's not to say I don't need time off... away from phones, e-mails, deadlines and the day to day concerns and complaints of church members!) The best of all would be to live a whole life, balanced by work and leisure.... covered by the umbrella of the vocation and guided by the Holy Spirit.
What do you think?