Many good insights here that triggered other thoughts. The first was this line from Bob Dylan’s “When You Gonna Wake Up” —
You can’t take it with you and you know that it’s too worthless to be sold
They tell you, ‘Time is money’ as if your life was worth its weight in gold.
I liked your “walking the dog” illustration. I knew a marketing VP whom I considered brilliant (and a mentor) who was alway productive on many fronts and earned the salary he pulled down. He had a house on the beach and a dog. Each evening he would go for an hour or more up the beach, walking his dog. It was a time for reflection on the day, a break from the action.
Most of my freelancing work has been supplemental moonlighting income. I loved it… but do recall a few times when I slowly shifted into the “time is money” trap. You know it is bad when you are calculating whether you have time to stay in touch with friends, and you are squeezing all your calls into the commute home in your “mobile office.”
Thankfully, I did not short-change my kids, chiefly because of a paragraph in Peter Lynch’s One Up On Wall Street in which he stated his regret that successfully managing the biggest mutual fund of his day (and fame) was the biggest mistake of his life because he did not see his daughters from 12 to 14 years old. That was a mistake I promised myself I would never make… and was a soccer coach for 7 years for that very reason. (4 yrs w my son, 3 w my daughter.)
Thanks for the stimulating read.