Juggling Life: Some Balls will Fall!

…we invariably have balls fall!

How often do you hear someone say ‘too many balls in the air.’ Is it really true that we have too many balls in the air? Or, is it that we have the perfect amount of balls in the air and sometimes balls will be dropped as a reality in life? Either way we are juggling balls and not, say, eggs or cell phones so if they fall they don’t break!

If we are fully committed to our families, our communities, our work, and our friends then we will invariably have balls fall. What we have to do is be prepared mentally for this. The you think you can plan for everything then you will be in for a real surprise. I think the headlines in the paper and leading stories on the news illustrate that we can plan but it does not mean that we can have every variable covered.

Yes, balls will hit the ground that we throw up, our spouses toss up, our children heave ho, and so on. Now we have all kinds of balls hitting the ground. It is a juggling nightmare. Yet, we still have some balls up and we are still in the game for those that we care about. It is not the fact that balls are dropping. Rather, are the balls that matter the least dropping. Or, if it is an important ball, figure out how to pick up the right balls.

Forgive yourself early and often if you drop a ball. Each ball dropped is an opportunity to pick up another one and figure out how to keep it in the air. Juggle away. Why not?

You are NOT for Sale

Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. Character is also doing the right thing when someone is looking as well.

The last couple of blogs from Connecting Branches focused on your own value as you perceive them. The questions offered yesterday focused on how you know what your value is. The day before the article outlined how to negotiate from your convictions. This is a huge personal choice that we have to make. As some politicians make promises only to sidestep accountability once elected and hedge fund managers go to jail because of their own moral compasses seeking profits at all costs only you can determine whether you are for sale.

Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. Character is also doing the right thing when someone is looking as well.

  • If you say you will do it do it and if you don’t get it done be honest.
  • If you know you should not do something because it will hurt you, someone else, or something else, don’t do it.
  • You are only as good as your core values.

Together we can turn the tide on cutting corners and have the faith and trust that we will always land on our feet!