What comes to mind when you think of balance? A tightrope walker? A juggler? To most people today, the personal application is balancing work and family and personal needs.
Lifebalance was an easier skill for our parents and grandparents because their lives were simpler, they had fewer balls to juggle. For better or for worse, they (and their children) had fewer options, less pressure, and perhaps lower expectations (or at least less wants posing as needs).
Time-management experts and positive-thinking gurus tell us we can do it all, have it all, be it all, but we're tired and stressed, and we sense that what is getting short-changed is the most important things of all --our families, our relationships, and our inner peace.
Lifebalance is series of articles and an interactive course designed to help us restore our highest priorities to true prominence in our lives. Lifebalance may not help you get more things done, but it will help you choose more wisely where to spend your time and your mental effort and will give you the power of saying no to things that don't matter and the peace of giving yourself more fully to the things that do.
As a valuesparenting.com member, you can participate in Lifebalance on two levels:
- You have free access to a series of lifebalancing articles, appearing here every month that take the common clichés of our hectic, stressed, out-of-balance lifestyles and turn them around to create new balance-giving maxims for our time. Just reading these monthly articles will begin to create new, balanced paradigms in your mind. Click here for the current article.
- Whenever you're ready, you can sign up for the interactive Lifebalance course which will walk you through an exciting, re-clarifying thought process as you create a personal new strategy for balancing the years, "eras," and "seasons" of your life. You subscribe to the year-long Lifebalance course one quarter at a time. All of the materials and "fill in" paradigm-shifters and planners are downloadable and will take only 30 or 40 minutes a week. (After all, this is a course to simplify and save time in your life, not to complicate it or add yet another task.)