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The Juggling Act of Life

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” – James Patterson

At times I feel that in certain aspects of my life I am doing very well until I look back to see the bigger picture only to find out that other aspects have been unmaintained. After compensating for those, again here comes the same picture. It’s like Patterson’s quote wherein I keep on juggling and nearly lose one of these fragile balls. I knew there was something missing and that I was focusing too much on the wrong aspects. Rebalancing the balls is a matter of understanding what to prioritize and here are my top three.

Family

Is it even a question why family is important in my life? They are the people who love and care for me. They support me when I’m feeling low and cheer for me when I’m doing great. I grew up surrounded by family good times and bad times. I also consider my friends who are closest to me as part of my family. Having a strong bond with my friends no matter what part of the world we’re living in now, we still feel as if we’ve never parted since the day we met.

Work

Because I already included friends under family, I decided to include this. If you like or love your work then you’re lucky. Not everyone can have the dream job. To what cost is this decision affecting your life? You can either reap the rewards of your efforts or it can suck the life out of you due to its demands. When someone asks me why I like working in service, it has more to do with how I feel when I interact with customers. Yes, not all of them are in the best of moods and yes I also agree that it takes only one to ruin your day but it doesn’t hurt me as much as it does for others. I don’t really know how I do it but what makes it difficult are the hours and demands of the job itself. You can’t sit down, you need to serve and serve and serve, talk to the customer (engage in conversation) but don’t talk too much otherwise you don’t serve the others, do it faster. Every company has its own rules that you’re given a limited time to remember by heart which gets easier the longer you’re there given that you stay.

Health

Without good health what can you do? Are you able to support your family when you fall ill? Can they rely on you if you are a sole provider? It’s great to spend time with family and friends be it indoors or outdoors. Play with the kids, watch a film with your spouse, walk in the forest or on a hill. To be able to do something that requires mobility or not, there is an exchange. If you want to continue using the internet for longer hours at night, how much time will you have left to sleep to be well-rested the day after? Understand that the body can only be conditioned as much as you let it. Artificial energy boosters don’t allow your mind and body to function properly. I believe that this contributes to Spirit as well which is why it won’t be in a separate category. What does it mean to be in good spirits? Being happy, contented, or satisfied is also a matter of what your physical and emotional states is in your life.

 Paint a picture of your life and see where you stand.

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