I was talking to a friend last night about commuting to and from work. She said that her husband doesn’t mind the time as his evening commute is his time to unwind. This reminded me of some advice I had gotten from a priest once. I don’t remember specifically which priest it was.
He said that spending a day at work coupled with the hour long commute (each way) can make for a really long day. But in a way, my day was just beginning. My vocation is that of husband and father. What I do for the rest of the day after I get home, is where my real work is. I should try to put away the long day I’ve had so I can focus on what matters more. My evening commute should be a time to decompress and unwind so I can be in the right frame of mind when I get home.
I don’t always do this as well as I can but I think I’m getting better at it. I also got a different job to eliminate my super long commute and that has been very helpful. Mostly I wanted to pass this advice along to other husbands and fathers. Hope you find it helpful.