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The Truth About Work/Life Balance

I have been writing and speaking on cultivating peace in our lives for over 15 years. One of the greatest challenges of the women I teach is helping them to understand that peace in isn't about finding just the right balance of all the priorities in their lives that will provide them with the life they believe they want. 

 

One of the key concepts we discuss is what balance really is. It is fluid at best, moving in an ebb and flow pattern between all the priorities of our lives. Once women are able to let go of trying to control their schedules and embrace its fluidity, the give and take of life if you will, they are amazed at how much more peace they have. None of the circumstances of their lives may have changed, but their perspective has.

 

Today I came across an article by Michael Hyatt about balance that I believe speaks really well to this. May it grant you a deeper understanding of what balance can look like in your life.

 

PS. If you want to learn more about how to actually create a life of balance, live with less fear of letting everything fall apart, and receive more peace, I'd love to have you in one of my upcoming Calm the Chaos classes. You can find all the information here: Calm the Chaos Classes 

 

Here's the Article: 

 

When it comes to work and life, most of us know what it feels like to be out of balance. But do we know what it feels like to be in balance? It’s not a trick question—even if it seems so at first.

 

A few years ago, I took my mentoring group on a ropes course. For one of the challenges, we walked a long stretch of rope that wound around several trees. We had to hold onto each other as we worked our way across the line.

Here’s what I remember most of all: When we were balanced, it never really felt like we were. Our legs constantly moved and wobbled, and we strained to grip each other and the nearest tree. But we stayed on that line a long time: making little corrections, adjusting our weight, and trying to stay upright.

 

It didn’t feel like balance, but it was. And that’s exactly how life is, right?

 

I’ve written before about the symphonic life: the idea of allowing all the parts of our life to play at the right pace and volume. It’s a metaphor for balance.

But what about the people that say work-life balance is a myth, an unattainable condition we all hope for but need to forget about? It’s only a myth if we misunderstand what balance means. READ MORE...

 

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