Well, I bet you are scratching your head in open disagreement. You cannot have your cake and eat it too!
In other words, you cannot eat your cake and keep it for another day. It is not humanly possible!
But maybe it is.
What if I choose to bake a REALLY giant cake and slice it into a million pieces? Imagine a huge dome cake. I would then have the privilege of eating one cake a day for a long time, probably a lifetime!
Yummy all the way.
Forget about the cake though – for now!
Food aside, let us look at the above parody in real-life, and for this article pitting work and general wellbeing.
How possible is it for you and me to balance between work and life without affecting one or both?
In other words, how can you work REALLY hard and live REALLY happily without messing up your life and offending people around you? It is like asking, how can we have our cake and still eat it – with relish?
Well, big question!
It is a no brainer we live in a fast and mad world that worships money beyond comprehension. We are literally on our toes 24/7 in order to earn even more money so that we can place food on the dinner table, and somehow be happy.
To achieve these, we are made to wake up early in the morning and work ourselves to death in order to make a few pennies.
The routine goes on year after year until the creator takes us away.
How then do you have your cake and eat it, all at the same time?
The bittersweet relationship between LIFE and WORK demands that we opt for the latter above everything else. The need to survive and see the next day, at least for the global majority, is like a game of chess.
We are cast to the sides if we play the wrong PAWN.
Consequently, we spend most of our lives working, and less time enjoying life with family and friends!
Food for thought
You can actually have your cake and eat it too without running out of steam! You only have to worry less about the cake running out and focus more on loving your life.
What is the point of spending every day of life working so hard for stuff that you never get to enjoy? You build mansions, buy the world, and of course stinking rich! Even with all the acquisitions, you still live miserable lives.
When you head back home, work is still in your head. When you decide to walk down the street with your lovely children, work still reigns high in your mind.
The little fellows are disappointed by the distraction. They never get to understand why.
The tech invasion
To compound the misery, you have embraced mobile technology to bring work even closer to you. Even worse, mobility has forced you to carry your smartphones to the toilet!
An assignment that is best reserved for Monday is accomplished over the weekend because technology has made it possible.
The family has become guests in your life because you are so busy clunking away on the keyboard and swiping through your smartphone screen!
So? Have your cake and eat it too!
It is only when LIFE becomes important in your lives that you will learn to twist your WORK habits around life. It is only then you will understand better how best to have your cake and eat it too!