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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Balancing Act of the Busy D.C. Professional

For those who live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, striving for a more effective and efficient balancing acts between their careers, family, and personal life, is the norm. As with any major city, the busy and bustling pace of life can become overwhelming and demanding on an individual or family. In a recent article in the New York Times, author, Tim Krieder, wrote about the hectic pace in the life of the average American, and the often self-imposed obligations and stresses they are putting on themselves. Kreider notes:

“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. I once knew a woman who interned at a magazine where she wasn’t allowed to take lunch hours out, lest she be urgently needed for some reason. This was an entertainment magazine whose raison d’ĂȘtre was obviated when “menu” buttons appeared on remotes, so it’s hard to see this pretense of indispensability as anything other than a form of institutional self-delusion. More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.”
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The Balancing Act of the Busy D.C. Professional

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