This is one of those standard questions that life-career-touchy-feely people like to ask you to consider. "Would you do your job for free?" So I considered it. Yes, I actually would do it for free. It's got fun systems puzzles, new stuff to learn, customers that I can please. When it's going well, it's really totally what I'm about. They *do* pay me, which reflects my time and talents .. and I provide them a measurable value in return. If time and value balance each other equally, it actually is sorta "free."
Then I considered the broader picture. If I *was* doing this job for free, I'd be much more honest about how much I can get done in a day. I'd integrate my personal life a little more into the job, too, spending a little time seeing what value my hobbies can add to the workplace. And I'd stop living under the illusion that "I'm lucky to even have a job." I like these people, I add real value, it's rewarding to me, we need each other.
Gotta ponder this some more.. In the midst of chaos and scarcity, it's nice to remember how much I enjoy what I do. It's nice to think about what I give freely, rather than what "the man" is taking.