I do volunteer work once a fortnight whereby we help people and families in need that are usually going through difficult circumstances in their life. We help with housework, cooking, yard work, whatever we can do to take the added pressure off what they’re going through. Often, it’s a situation whereby the mother of a young family has a serious illness… While it’s rewarding to see the impact of the difference a small amount of time can make, it’s challenging to witness the circumstances of what’s happening in some people’s lives. It’s very much a reality check and I come home from the experience with much gratitude for my health and my life.
My point is, that you never know what’s around the corner, you don’t know when your circumstances will change, you don’t know what might happen this afternoon or tomorrow, so while you possibly have the ability to view your life with some perspective, consider this, if you were to do a ‘Life Balance Wheel’ at the moment, how would it look? Are you living life in the fast lane? Have you got too much going on and haven’t got time to enjoy it? Are you on a one way track too busy for other areas of your life? If that’s how you’re living, is it worth it for you and your family?
While it’s important to follow through on your commitments and fulfil your responsibilities, it’s also important to balance your life with fun activities, sharing special time with your partner and family and taking time out for you. I’m not saying give up your job or throw your business in, I’m just saying analyse what’s going on for you in your life and determine if you’re spending time doing things in line with what’s most important to you, if not, gradually build in and introduce other areas of your life, and as a result feel much more balanced, and put the emphasis on enjoying work life balance and being healthy and happy.
When I do my talks on ‘work life balance’, I do an opening exercise where I get everyone in the audience to stand on one foot – then I throw balls into the audience, the balls have different roles written on them, such as ‘mother’, ‘employee’, ‘sister’, ‘daughter’, ‘taxi driver’, ‘cook’, ‘cleaner’, ‘teacher’, etc, of course when I’m throwing the balls everybody finds it difficult to stay on their feet and keep their balance as they are trying to stay upright while avoiding getting hit. Then, I redo the exercise with everybody standing on two feet. That exercise alone is enough for everybody to realise the affect imbalance can have on your life while you’re trying to deal with all those roles. Obviously while in balance and being ‘grounded’ it is much easier to cope with what life throws at you. There are so many benefits to achieving work life balance, especially when you don’t know what’s around the corner! If you’ve been living in the fast lane, it may be time to slow down or you’ll miss too much along the way. It doesn’t have to be hard, a small amount of time can make a big difference, just make a start….