B is for Balance

Tightrope walkerDo you ever feel like your life is a balancing act and you are in constant danger of tipping too far in one direction and going over the edge?    Even though you don’t usually think about  about  the balancing act, it’s always there.

Balancing your time between “work” and “life” is such a popular concept it has developed into a hyphenated buzzword: work-life.  Those two words are both so broad they are almost meaningless.  What is work, after all?  And what is life?  Big questions. And no two people have exactly the same answers.  Before we can find balance we need to define what  those words means to each of us, personally.

Jack Welch, former GE CEO says that -“There’s no such thing as Work- Life Balance.  There are work- life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

Everyday you decide  how to walk that line.   Every choice is really about time. How do you spend your time?

As children and young adults we believe we are immortal–we have all the time in the world.  Life consists of an endless supply of opportunities.  When I was a child, a teachers told  my class that in the year 2000 we would all be about fifty years old.  That seemed incomprehensibly old and infinitely far away.   Now that I am well on the other side of fifty, my perspective has changed a bit. Fifty is not old and time is not infinite.  We do not have all the time in the world.  I’m sure I’m not unique in this experience.  Most of us realize as we age our time is a limited resource and should be treasured and treated as such.

Sadly, when this basic truth becomes clear to us, many of our life balancing choices have already been made and lived.

The key to finding the balance that works for you is to decide what is truly important to you.  What fulfills you and makes you glad that you have experienced a day and look forward to another.  That should give you a clue as to how to budget the hours given to you.

Just remember, time is not money.  You can always make more money.  Once you have spent time, there is no way to get it back.  Be sure to make it count.

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5 Responses to B is for Balance

  1. My post today was about balance as well and I think the quotes about choices is particularly valid. Too often we sacrifice for things that probably don’t matter, only to regret those choices later. Excellent post.

  2. Carolyn Paul Branch says:

    Thanks! I tried to keep the post positive, but the fact is, I am a grandmother still wondering if some of my choices were right for my children.
    At first I worried it would be hard to come up with ideas for the A-Z challenge and it has turned out to be surprisingly easy and fun.

  3. Sherilee says:

    Another post on balance! I think it speaks to the challenges we all face, that this pops up as a topic, maybe especially for women? Your comment above about the choices you made for your children, and whether you made the right ones… that resonates as something my own mother would still be mulling on. I’d tell *her* to get over it, but I wouldn’t be so bold with you! I guess I would say that, generally, we all do the best we can with what we’re given. I struggle with balance every day–giving the best of myself to my family, God, friends, community, etc.

    Good things to think on! I’ll be back! Thanks for coming my way.

  4. Carolyn Paul Branch says:

    Of course it’s especially for women. Although there are more men now (than when I was younger) who worry about balancing the work-life equation, most men are still smugly confident that everything they do at work is for the sake of their family AND that they deserve one day of the weekend to relax and unwind, unbothered by either work or family.

  5. Great post!

    I especially like the comparison of time to money.

    C is for: Chocolate (and other things)

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