Juggling Five Balls.

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.”

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6 Responses to Juggling Five Balls.

  1. I just read a post by someone asking how she’d do it when her child starts preschool shortly. I said we find a way, leading her to ask for more specifics. I didn’t have a reply, because–how do you answer that? But now that I’ve seen this post, I hope I can find the original one. This is it. Exactly it.

    • It’s a great quote isn’t it! In a way – your response was correct! We do just find a way – sometimes it works, other times it’s harder. But, it can work very well. For us, nursery didn’t work but a childminder did. It isn’t always easy though and I hope everything works out well for the lady you refer too! X

      • I read this in the very early hours of my morning, leaving a comment that I knew might end up being incoherent in the hopes you’d comment back and I’d remember to take down this quote! I suspect I’ll have call to use it Thursday, when a guest post I wrote about priorities will go up. In the meantime, I’m sure I’ll have ample cause to use it. Thank you!

  2. Ibukun says:

    Wow Kelly! Congrats on your wonderful blog, and I don’t know how I managed to miss all your previous posts till today! Multi-talented indeed you are, i.e a mum, a blogger and a working professional! I’m going to read my way through all your previous blogs and then sign up for more! Well done!

  3. Craig says:

    Okay, so here are my two cents. As someone who used to struggle with switching my mind off to sleep, I generally now sleep fairly well. It’s not a case of finding out what makes you sleep, it’s removing the things that keep you awake. First, bed needs to be the most comfortable place you’ve ever known, spare no expense. Second, you must be in the right state of mind when you get in.
    Bed – go to Ikea and buy a new bed. Bigger the better. Two separate mattresses on one frame. Memory foam topper. High quality fresh sheets. Blackout blinds. Ear plugs if required. Room temperature 68F. No TV in bedroom. Keep bedroom tidy.
    Mind – No social media after 8:00pm. Two hours of easy watching tv. No reality shows. Two tipples, not more. No caffeine after 8:00pm. Small snack. Let other people worry about their own problems. Work won’t pay you for solving issues on your time. Bath / shower of an evening, not in the morning. Always brush your teeth. Hug your better half for five minutes. Don’t start any conversations beyond “night night sleep tight”. Ear plugs if required. The sound of silence quickly drowns out random thoughts.
    Works for me……….I’m quite OCD aren’t I?

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