Welcome to Thoughty Thursday! This is the day of the week that y’all get to be privy to whatever thoughts are kicking around in my brain.
Today I’m thinking about work-life balance and how freaking hard it is to achieve. I got some help on this from a very unexpected source this week.
You’ll never guess where…
Give up? (Seriously, you’ll never guess…)
I got the inspiration at WORK.
Many of you know that I do adult education by day and I currently work with a group of accountants.
You wouldn’t think an accounting firm would be a hotbed of sexy thought-provoking concepts, right? I know I sure didn’t. Yet, in the two years I’ve been working with these cats, I’ve learned more about writing and work-life balance than I ever expected to know.
THIS quote came up in a prep session for Not For Profit Corporations:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
~ Brian Dyson (b. 1935) CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises
I’ve had that quote on my mind all week.
I can’t tell you what a freeing concept that is after the many, many times I’ve gone far past my limits for work. I think it stems from the idea we Americans have that our work defines us more than the other four balls.
[Newsflash: It doesn’t!]
And if that wasn’t enough magnificence about “the balls,” check out this video (watching this guy juggle mesmerized me):
And here’s the quote that headlined the Not For Profit workshop I mentioned above – it mirrors my philosophy here at More Cowbell:
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.~ John Wooden
What are your thoughts on the “five balls?” Do they play into your blogging philosophy or are they completely different? What is your blogging philosophy? Do you have a quote that you live by? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!