The issue of Life/Work/Play balance takes up a lot of my time. Actually many days I feel I think about it so much, I would be better off just jumping in to one of the three areas and not over analyze the whole balancing act.
In truth I know many of us struggle to find that equilibrium we seek in our days and our lives. What I am coming to learn again and again is that in order to have more of any of the three areas of my life show up, I have to be willing to let go of something else in order for that to be.
A prime example is that despite myself going through a particularly challenging time lately dealing with some minor but necessary medical issues, I was still trying to “do it all” in the rest of my life. This trend was NOT working out at all for me or for those around me. The lesson in that is I am being called to work on my challenge of asking for help. But I have finally accepted I cannot do what I want to do in life without calling upon my own personal “village” to help me. Whether that be a listening ear, help with Ariel if I need to go do some self care or someone to bounce ideas off of.
I chose the Cat in the Hat image above mindfully; while playful it is a very constant theme for me – trying to keep all the different balls in the air. I am learning there are times where I either need to toss one of them to another person in my life or maybe just put one of those things I am juggling down for awhile to address something more pressing.
This will be something I will be working on for a long, long time and welcome any comments you may have on how you keep your own balance in life, parenting, work etc.
Filed under: General adoption information on October 1st, 2011