Certainly with the talk of family, forgiveness, and balance there needs to be focus on just us! How are we taking care of ourselves to ensure that we can be the best that we can be for others? This is the most important element from a grounded, personal perspective. If my life is a disaster I know that I will not be giving my best to my family and friends.
My life has five key areas to assist in balance; family, work, community, exercise, and faith and each one of these get my attention every week if not every day. I choose to go to bed earlier so I can wake up early to satisfy exercise and faith. As a Catholic, I enjoy daily mass as it gives me 1/2 hour of connection with my faith uninterrupted. My willingness to volunteer for the Boy Scouts or sports teams for my children allows me both exercise and community involvement so I am also meeting family needs as well. And certainly, we have work and that is a constant even if you are a stay at home mom or dad. Work is work but needs to be treated with the same importance as the other four.
This may sound obtuse considering work is so important. Yet, we have ONE life to live and we can never get that time back. Because of this, reflection is incredibly important to determine how we are doing with the five areas of personal satisfaction. I also realize that people place varying levels of importance on the five areas that I think are important. In fact, some may think some of the areas are absolutely unimportant. With that, I ask you to honestly ask yourself, “are you absolutely happy and satisfied?”
I would like to put a special plug about hitting the exercise in the morning. By doing this, I know that I will not be competing with the other four constants in my life in the afternoon or at night. There are plenty of bloggers and articles about the value of exercising in the morning to support this notion but from a practical perspective it works for me.
How can you achieve family, work, community, exercise, and faith every week? What can you do to change your routine so you can meet your needs and the needs of those around you?
Shoot me some ideas on how you are balancing your life.