If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy that life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
True or False
____1. The best way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself spiritually, physically and emotionally.
____2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
____3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
____4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
____5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
____6. I experience the gifts of each season: skiing, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.
These days, the ultimate question may not be “What is the meaning of life?”, but simply, “Where do I find the time to achieve balance?”
Between our work and personal lives (family, friends, exercise, sports, hobbies, community commitments), most of us have seriously overbooked ourselves. We strive so hard to “have it all”—fantastic work and other service that we’re passionate about, and passionate home lives that we work hard to nurture.
But with so many competing devotions, so many passions we must feed, we most often find ourselves just plain pooped. The stress can lead to health problems, poor sleep and fatigue, which means we get even less done (or take less pleasure in what we do accomplish). Ultimately, frustration mounts, our relationships suffer, and we wonder what went wrong.
To break out of the out-of-balance cycle and achieve better balance between our competing devotions, consider some of the following...