My husband and I have worked full time for much of our three children’s upbringings. While things are much easier now that the girls have become adults and our son is 14, we have had to juggle family, work and home over the years.
“How do you juggle everything in your life?” is a question that I have been asked many times. My personal feeling is that in terms of life overall, there is no separation between work and play – it’s all living. For me, the question of home/work life balance is a completely separate issue that contributes to my overall quality of life. At different times, different elements of life will have varying levels of importance or dominance. Each one is an important aspect of life after all. Today I came across this quote by Brian Dyson – former CEO of Coca Cola, which encapsulates how I feel the juggle can and should translate into reality.
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”