Although I travel quite a bit I also work from home the majority of the time I am not on a plane. I find it very difficult to separate home from work and work from home. It is not uncommon for someone “telecommuting” to have many of the same issues. These are things we don’t even know we are doing like not knowing when to turn the phone off, not knowing that you hold onto your Crack berry even when you are supposed to be watching a movie with your wife or telling your kids “in a minute” when they want to show you the lizard doing pushups on the window. My wife points these things out to me sometimes and I discount it that she just does not understand. Recently I realized she understands better than I do. She lives with it, with me and sees not only the good but the bad as well. She finally convinced me that this is not normal even though it was normal for me or fair for my family. So I decided to try to change. It is not impossible but it is necessary. I never wanted my kids to grow up without a dad but that has been what has been going on. I think just because I am in the house I am there but really I was not. I was with all of you, answering calls, checking emails coming up with exciting new programs. I love doing all that stuff but I love my family also. I am not going to quit my career but I am going to embrace my family. I am not going to divorce my wife but I am going to separate work from home.
I just read a book called Tuesdays at Morries and I loved it. Now understand I don’t read. If it is not in KBB, KBDN or our newsletter chances are I never heard of it. But this book opened my eyes to my thoughts above. It makes you realize that you need to live while you are alive and not regret what you didn’t do when you are dying.
I however love to travel (vacations not work travel). This summer my wife and I traveled for our 10 year anniversary to our great state of Alaska (No Palin sightings, but we did see Russia!). It was by far the most amazing place on Earth I have ever been. I cant even explain the sheer mass of this incredible place in which the entire state should be a natural wonder.