My friend Glenn forwarded me a post from Jon Gallant, a lead at Microsoft – here is an excerpt:

“When you are in the thick of something you feel like you are on top of the world and no one else can create the amazing thing that you just created. The fact is that you are replaceable. Sad, but very true. Maybe not if you are Abraham Lincoln, but if you are the average worker in the average job then you can be replaced. The reason I tell people this is because I want to help them realize that there are important things in life and then there are VERY important things in life. Make sure you are good in the areas of life that you aren’t replaceable (family) and then focus on the other areas (work). This is my view, but I think anyone with a family probably feels the same way. Telling someone they are replaceable is a great cure for arrogance.

I appreciate the work that my folks do and tell them that, but Microsoft will go on without them. Think about the last time someone left your team. How long did it take before they were a distant memory? Probably a day or so then the team moves on with their work. I’m not saying don’t care about work. I’m saying care about the VERY important things more. If your work/life balance is off and the VERY important things are threatened, then take a break and get some help. At work you can be replaced in about 5 minutes, but you are effectively irreplaceable at home. Keep that in mind. I think about it every day.”

Some great thoughts to ponder – so where do you put your best time? Where do you put your best “care”? At home where you are irreplaceable, or at work where you are replaceable?

Or to go a step further, how much “care” do you spend at work, which lasts a few decades, versus eternity, which lasts forever?  Jesus said in Matthew 6:20-21 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” For more on this, check out First Things First.