So is our work not a chance to show the world what best we can achieve with our efforts; or fulfill our role on this planet to help and serve others? Or am I just one of those lucky ones, to be working in jobs they love?
This isn't a binary thing. I love my job; if I won the lottery tomorrow I would keep coming to work 5 days a week just so I had something to do, at least until I figured out something else worthwhile to spend my time on.
However, Work is just work. You can't place it above your personal well being, family time, or even your friends. If you do that you make yourself one dimensional. At my first job my boss asked why I was staying late once, and when I told him I was close to fixing a bug he sent me home. He told me there is always another bug, and he was right; fixing one more thing or finishing one more project doesn't add any more value to you as a person. Give a fair day's work for a fair day's pay and strive to have a balanced life.