Mid-December 2017 Newsletter
Hello, and a delicious Mid-December to you!
Is your life in balance?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue has an article about living a balanced life.
When corporations started talking about "work/life balance"
several years back, I wondered if it was just lip service.
Did they actually care about the hard-working employees who
stayed late at the office, went home for a quick meal,
then got on the computer for a few more hours of work? I
knew someone who went to the gym "after work", then went
back to the office! This same dedicated guy worked in an
engineering area where the management often had food brought
in in the evening, encouraging or even requiring folks to
keep working after dinner. As much as I might like my job, this
doesn't sound like a balanced life to me. Remember that
saying about all work and no play?
If you love your work, whether you work for someone else or
for yourself, you may not need as many breaks or as much
down time. And you still need to unplug, time with friends or family
where you're not performing and producing, time in Nature away from
the computer, time to relax and even be silly. You'll
need to find what fits your situation, but I can't work for more
than a few hours before needing at least a short break. Then I always
return to my work with renewed enthusiasm and
some fresh ideas. If I work too long without giving myself any
chance to do something different, even if it's just the laundry,
I feel like I'm in a rut and my energy starts to slump.
People can work too hard or too long, maybe pushing themselves
to meet a deadline, then go on vacation to recover, and spend
the first several days in an exotic locale sleeping! This
is not balance. Ideally you can get some slower-paced periods
in your work day or work week. Then when you do take dedicated
time away from work, you're not exhausted, on the brink of
getting sick. You can enjoy being active on your vacation
because you'll have the energy and motivation to engage with
the new environment and the experiences it brings.
As I write this, I'm newly returned from a week-long trip
to an island 5 time zones away, to learn from my energy teacher.
I like peace and calm and routine, so travel can be a challenge,
with missed plane connections and delays and noisy strangers
crowding me. I stay in relative balance by meditating on the plane,
being friendly to everyone (my natural tendency is to withdraw when
I'm anxious), and preparing as well as I can, like knowing my
gates ahead of time, or reviewing the airport map, or having
a shuttle or taxi expect me on arrival. And still things can get
thrown off track, so I have to be flexible, ready to shift
gears into Unexpected Wait mode or High Activity mode.
Thinking about balance, a big part of it is just that, the ability
to easily adapt when the situation changes. On a routine
day, a crisis or even a positive unexpected event demands our
focus and attention. If you're paying the bills and your child calls
needing your help, that's the priority -- the bills can wait. Studies
say one of the measures of a healthy person is the ability to respond
to change in a constructive manner. Balance is not sleeping in bed
or sitting on the ground. It's not stuck on the see-saw in either the up
or the down position, but rather moving easily from one to the other.
Give yourself a few quiet moments to think about your life. Where
might you be out of balance? Are you always
rushing, your mind on the next task before you've finished the
current one? (This is one of my own biggest challenges.) Do you
spend all your time alone, or all your time with others? You need both
solitude and companionship in your life. Look at your indoors/outdoors
balance, and your learning vs. being entertained one. If you're lucky
these can both happen from doing a single activity. Don't be like
Johnny One Note. Be the cat with 2 different-colored eyes, each
contributing to who you are. You'll have a richer more multi-faceted
life, and be interesting, maybe even fascinating, to others.
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Enjoy the rest of your December, and the tail end of 2017.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!