So you’re “bringing home the bacon” for your family. But is the bacon lean and full of protein – or fatty and unhealthy?

Imagine working your tail off for an income that provides a wonderful life for your family only to bring home the “toxic” news from each day. What good does the “nice income” do when everyone at home is unhappy?


A friend, Mike, from a company based in Atlanta, offers the rest of us this test: tonight, ask your significant other to write down their perspective of the company you work for. Their words will reveal the quality of the bacon you’ve been bringing home – the type of focus and energy with which you walk through the door each night. (This test may be particularly revealing with children.)


Will you pass your “bacon test”? To improve your score in the future, consider: If you do have a challenging job, how much sense does it make to bring home the toxic junk only to demoralize your companions, your primary support? What good will they do you if they’re as upset, as disappointed, as angry as you are?

This isn’t about deceiving loved ones.

  • It’s about understanding the power of focus.
  • It’s about positioning things and discussing issues in the spirit of discovery while looking for solutions.
  • It’s about celebrating what you have at work – and at home.
  • It’s about caring enough about the mind-state of those you love that you carefully choose your focus before you even open the door.

Congratulations on bringing home the bacon – and passing the test.

What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”?  You decide.

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