I was in my early 30’s. I never seemed to have enough time. I have watched my friends play cricket and travel along with their families. My work took so much of my time. I used to be in the office at 7:30, I left at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:time Hour="8" Minute="30">8:30</st1:time> -<st1:time Hour="9" Minute="0">9:00</st1:time> in the evening. By the time I got home and had dinner, it was <st1:time Hour="10" Minute="30">10:30</st1:time>! And, then I usually had a briefcase full of work. The weekends were full of more work. Just to keep up, I had to put in the hours. My wife used to ask me what would happen tomorrow if you got sick. Who would do the work? Sick. Who had time to get sick! "But if I did get sick, someone else would do the work, I suppose." I worked night and day and of course on weekends. When I got home I was exhausted but I would push myself and I would read the children a bedtime story. By the time I went to bed, I would be more than exhausted. I had to work hard and harder, so that I can take care of the family. I took more responsibilities and grew in the organization. But then I had a change of place and bosses. The CEO of the company I worked for was older and much wiser, I might add! Of course, I continued to work the hours I had been working. One day he came to my desk and told me, 'What I do today is important, because I will never have today again'. You have to complete the work at office timings and leave the office on time. He literally told me that I have to shut the office at <st1:time Hour="18" Minute="0">6:00</st1:time>. I sat there stunned. I suddenly thought of what was important to me. While my work was important, I realized my family was more important. I also realized that time for me was important. It was <st1:time Hour="17" Minute="30">5:30</st1:time>, the official closing time of the office. I straightened my desk, felt a twinge of guilt about leaving, but I forced myself to leave. I was home by <st1:time Hour="18" Minute="0">6:00</st1:time>. My children and wife were surprised. I had a wonderful evening. I never thought this possible, but I actually accomplished more the next day then I had in weeks. As I was leaving the next day I stopped at my CEO's office and thanked him. He told me to keep balance in work, in family life and in time for myself. He explained to me, while all aspects of our life are important, without a balance, you become addicted and like all addictions you lose - - No balance with your family - you lose them - No balance with your work - you lose your perspective and you actually lose focus on the important aspects of your job. - No balance with yourself - you forget who you are and when you retire you have nothing! Or worse than that, if you lose your job through a company sale or downsizing you lose your identity. He went on to tell me that who we are is NOT what we do to make a living. Who we are is a balance of our family, our work, ourselves! It truly was the best advice I ever received. "Balance of Life" - important for us ALL! Any of you have any ideas / suggestions please let me know…..