Concurrents: Curating a Life

It has long seemed to me that the notion of work-life balance is a misguided pursuit. Not because some balancing of those realities is neither possible nor desirable, but because the conjoined concept seems to create a false equality between work and life, and it isolates them from other crucial factors. Think about it, life is a far more important and multi-faceted concept than work. True, we place a significant value on our work and devote a great deal of time to it, but it is not on a par with life. Life is far bigger, right?  My antidote to the many discussions of work-life balance was often to present a Venn Diagram. In the late 1800s, a man named John Venn developed a visual to demonstrate relationships and proportionality. It became known as the Venn Diagram, perhaps a precursor to what would come to be known in our time …