Sunday, May 27, 2012

Finding a balance

“Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their lives. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out". 
Reese Witherspoon

Work is important. I know. I get it. I am self-employed and so work is a priority if I want to enjoy luxuries such as food. 

But while making a living is and should be our main concern, it should not be our only focus. We need balance in every area of our lives: in our relationships with others and in our relationship with ourselves. 

Go to your job and when you are there, give it your full attention. Do the best you can. Then, when your work day is done, leave it behind and focus on the other parts that make up your life. 

Spend time with your kids, your partner, your friends and family. Talk to them. Find out what is happening in their lives—what is bringing them joy, causing them tension, what dreams they have or goals they’ve set.  

Spend time with yourself. Be alone—no iPhone, iPad, email or voice mail allowed. Get to know yourself. Dream a little: what do you want to be when you grow up? What goals have you set and where are you on the path to success? Explore your creativity, your spirituality—look within, into all those hidden places and unexplored spaces, and find out who you really are. 

You are more than your job title, your career, the person who goes into the office or store every day, the person who cooks, cleans and chauffeurs kids from school to soccer to doctor to dentist. 

You are you—make time to get to know —and grow!that person!

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