My colleague told me of a conversation that occurred a few years ago that involved a comment made about my work schedule by one of my associates.
This came up yesterday while we were chit chatting about her cutting back her work day by 1 starting this summer. I was ecstatic for her. She felt that the move down will garner some resistance. Of course she will be able to do it -- it's her business after all, but nonetheless she expects some "disapproval".
I then proceeded to say that I've not been privy to such resistance through my many changes to my work week schedule over the years. Then she told me.
Apparently my associate said back 3 yrs ago or so when I made a work reduction that he felt I wasn't "in this for right reasons" whereby my colleague replied with "she is building her life, that's reason enough". I thanked her for saying that. But I felt angry nonetheless.
Where does he get off projecting his more than full time work hours as the "gold standard"?
Taking 2 weeks of holidays a year isn't a great example of health!
Not seeing his family isn't a great way to tell them you love them!
Work is a means to fulfill part of my life and allows me to fund the other part. I'm lucky that what I do enables me to help people directly along the way and get compensated for it.
You know what the funniest thing was? This particular associate also assumed that because I work the hours I do, I was not able to afford to buy a house either! He asked me where I was renting when I moved closer to work 1 1/2yrs ago. That comment speaks loudly of how money must flow in his life.
If he only knew what I've managed to do with my income...frugality goes a long way...so does some life skills!