Given the influx of new readers (thanks again all!), I thought it might be helpful to repost a quick review of my life balance perspective.
A lot of people make an immediate mental leap from "life balance" to "work/life balance." In fact, there is an entire industry focused on work/life balance worth billions of dollars.
Still, calling it "work/life" balance somehow says that work and life are on the same playing field, vying for position. It implies what I call teeter-totter (aka "seesaw") energy. It assumes that when one side goes up, the other goes down and vice versa. There is a perpetual give and take... with parallel neutrality being the ideal scenario.
Personally I think this is neither realistic nor desirable.
First of all, I'm not sure I want my life to be "neutral." I want it to be exciting and ambitious. I want it to include hard work and I'm sure every boss I've ever had is happy I feel this way.
Furthermore, "work/life" balance is simply a misnomer. Yes, work is a part of life. But so is family, education, community and taking care of yourself so you can handle it all.
Life is a juggling act, not a teeter-totter ride. Work is just one ball in the mix.
The Get-It-Done Guy are so very valuable.
Still, the world is an unpredictable place and let's face it, we're human. Sometimes those balls are going to drop through some misstep of our own or with the help of others. We may even lose a ball for a while. Sometimes it feels like we are juggling bowling balls. They may turn into a little evil monster heads and try to eat our face. Like I said before, stuff happens.
The thing to remember is that true life balance is internal.
What's most important is the balance within you -- your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual self. When those things are in harmony, the objects of external life can explode into flaming stink bombs and you'll be just fine.
More than that, a balanced internal foundation means you'll be strong enough to cope, problem solve, persist and overcome anything that comes your way.
Including evil monster heads.