How do you Balance your work, family, & friends?
Someone from our community wrote in to start the conversation. Feel free to add your voice!
I just got back from four refreshing days with girlfriends. We all pick a word for the year and have been doing this a few years. On our trip we were going to share our words, hopes and dreams for 2017. In December when I had nine glorious days off in a row, including two Sundays, (if you work at a church you understand how glorious two Sundays off in a row is!) I had lots of time to rest.
Days started to run together, I was sleeping in, drinking way to much coffee and realized why you might need more than one pair of pjs if you stay in them all day.
I was excelling in my introvertedness when I got a whisper…”balance”.
Balance. Seriously? That is my word?
So, I have begun to launch into a year long journey with balance. It is still only January and I have realized one major thing already. I tend to strive, strive, strive and then go home lock the door and ignore the entire world to recover.
(FYI my numbing drugs of choice are Pinterest, Instagram, TV and I always love to organize a closet)
Probably not healthy, but I bet many of you understand the dilemma. On my quest for balance I looked up the meaning of my word.
I anticipated the meaning of balance to have to do with equilibrium, but was struck by the banking definition of balance.
Amount available in an account for withdrawal or use. Computed by summing up all cleared or credited deposits, and deducting all withdrawals, debits and service charges.
So today I am here and at a standstill, pondering. My family is my world. My job is all about people. Relationships are at the core of what means most to me.
Questions I am now asking are,
-What is my balance available?
-Do I make deposits a priority?
-What are three non-negotiable daily deposits that would be healthy for me?
-Who/What am I allowing to make withdrawals, why and are they appropriate or a priority?
-What are the service charges/hidden fees that come with certain deposits/withdrawals?
I just realized something.
My account is out of balance.