Have you ever wondered what it takes to live a balanced life? Does it mean that every area receives the same amount of energy, effort and time? Does it mean that every area receives 100%?
Living balanced does not mean that you take every area of your life and give it equal attention – let’s face it, some things are just not that important. It also does not mean giving every area 100%. By definition, 100% means entire, complete or whole. If you gave everything 100% then you would add up to at least 500-600%, which is impossible.
I believe that living balanced means that we evaluate the different areas of our life – emotional, spiritual, relational, vocational and physical and determine how much time and energy each area deserves for that day. You only have 100% to give so you need to decide how to divide it up. I am not suggesting that you create a pie chart each morning and parcel out your life, but I am saying that you should pay attention to how you spend your time and energy and make sure that it is being spent in the best way possible.
At the beginning of the summer, I made a commitment that I would blog consistently and keep a regular schedule so that I could develop my ministry. If you are a regular follower of my blog, I’m sure you noticed that I disappeared for the past few weeks. This is because I determined for my life to be in balance during the beginning of August, I needed to minimize the vocational aspect and focus on the relational. If I hadn’t made the decision to step away from the office, my life would have been severely out of balance for that time period.
In the past three weeks …
Hunter celebrated his 15th birthday
Brittany got her driver’s license
Brittany had major ankle surgery, spending 2 days in the hospital in Chicago
And, school started (for Hunter)
Initially it was difficult giving myself permission to walk away from my work. I felt that I was letting myself and my ministry down if I took a break. After making the decision, though, I felt a sense of freedom to focus on what I really wanted and needed to do. Had I tried to keep working at the same pace that I had planned, I would have been stressed, frustrated and my family would not have gotten the attention they deserved.
We like to think that we are Wonder Woman – we can do everything perfectly all the time. But, we can’t! If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated by all the things pulling on your time, let me challenge you to re-evaluate how you are spending your time. Are you giving too much energy to an area that doesn’t need it? Are you holding unrealistic expectations about how much you can do? Do you need to start saying “no” to some things so you can say “yes” to what is important. Take the time to evaluate your priorities and make choices to live with those priorities in mind.
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