When you stop and think, you find that life is not nearly as complicated as it seems. At the end of the day, many choices you make are simply a trade-off between time and money. If you want a bigger house and nicer cars, you work more…but you have less time to enjoy them. If you want more time to spend in leisure you work less…but in most cases you will not be able to afford bigger houses and nicer cars. I don’t think one approach is right and the other wrong. In fact, I have at times in my life adopted each approach so maybe it is situational. When i was young, alone, and full of energy, I worked all the time. When I got married and started a family, time became more important and the struggle between providing the lifestyle I wanted for my family vs my ability to spend time with them became a big deal. Balance is the key here and it is difficult to find. A person is lucky to have a good paying job at a place that values the employee’s desire to be with their family. If you happen to be one of these lucky people, thank God for it and do what you can to keep that situation intact. Sometimes we have to endure tough economic times, and in those times the odds of finding that balance are diminished. Provide for your family the best you can and strive to make the most out of the time you get with your family.