The truth is that there really isn’t one. There is just life. Sometimes we work, sometimes we play, sometimes we rest, sometimes we exercise. Ideally you can’t tell the difference between work and play – because this means you love what you do for “work” which is the goal.
In the end, the lesson is that whatever you are doing, whoever you are with – be there, with them, in that moment. Focus your mind, your heart, your actions and your attention always on the present moment in the place you are with the people in your company.
Nothing makes me sad quite like seeing two people in a restaurant who are both looking at their phone. Desperately worried they are missing out on everything in the world – except the person seated across the table. Another living being yearning for what we all seek – attention, companionship and connection.
We will always have more to do than time allows, and this is okay. Learning to prioritize and manage time is difficult. It takes work and effort and lots of practice. But no matter what else – remember that time is the most precious resource there is. You can’t buy back the moments you miss and the experiences you don’t have.
So wherever you are and whatever you are doing, focus your attention on that moment with those people and on whatever it is that you are doing. If you are working, then work with 100% focus and effort. If you are at the gym, then focus 100% on the exercise you are doing. If you are spending time with friends and family, then focus 100% on that.
Resist distraction and stop worrying about everything else that is happening everywhere else in every place other than where you are.
Be here, now – wherever and whenever that is.