What we need is work – self balance.
There should be parts of your work that are also parts of yourself (or else you are in the wrong profession).
If work is all of yourself, you aren’t happy (not applicable to periods of intense flow).
A work-self balance means that enough of your work is about your self that you can experience flow, derive satisfaction, and generate value. To point out the obvious, this also means enough of your self is about your work. The key is finding what enough is for you. To find the key, you must not look for it. They key is to pay attention to your experience while not looking for it.
The balance should be represented as a wave, where balance is found in the median over time, and not the a scale, where the impression is that of opposing forces.
© Scott S. Nelson