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Balanced Living…or Balancing Act?

Jul 28, 2020
By Joanne Ladley
Comments: 2

Categories: Leadership & Organizational Development

Balanced Living…or Balancing Act?

balancing rocks by river

Balanced Living…
Is your life in balance?
How many balls are you juggling at one time?
Have you dropped any lately?

I love to juggle! I’ve got a dozen important balls in the air most of the time. However, when I drop balls, I don’t love juggling at all.

One day, I realized not all 12 of those balls represents an important piece of what makes me feel whole.  I started to think about who or what got to be a ball in my juggling act. I needed to concentrate on one at a time – even if it was just for a split second – and the other balls needed to be able to continue the act without my full attention, knowing they were still an indispensable piece of who I want to be.

I picked categories and gave each ball a color:

  • Family is blue (for first place)
  • Physical health is gold (where am I without that?)
  • Spiritual growth is red (see the reason for gold)
  • Friends are green (I need diversity of thought and connection)
  • Challenging my thinking is purple (I can’t remain stagnant)

I could pick many more but I am happy, fulfilled and blessed with these five categories.  In fact, five categories are really all I can manage well – even though I keep trying to add more to the mix.  I know that when I drop one, I need to pick that one off the ground, apologize to the people affected, and start over juggling my five indispensable colors.

It’s really just a choice.  How many balls can you juggle and stay in balance?  Do you recognize when you add a new color to the mix? Do you know the priority of the new one? When you inevitably drop a ball, you’ll know which ones to pick up again and which ones to say “I’ll keep practicing. For now, this is the best juggler I can be.  I’ll get back to you as soon as I improve my game.”

comments: 2
  1. Thank you so much for this post. It puts visuals to something I have been trying to articulate for this season! Thanks again

    • Thanks for your comment! Simple illustrations are always clarifying for me. Glad it was for you as well.
      – Joanne

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