Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
– Thomas Merton
My mom is always asking me, when are you going to go on vacation?
My response is usually, when I figure it all out. She knows I am an ambitious soul. She knows I will commit myself until I succeed.
However when I discover something that piques my interest, I wholeheartedly pour my life into that area. As my best friend Paul said, I don’t just go part time or full time. I dedicate ALL TIME to my interest(s).
The benefits are immense. I learn at a rapid pace, become very immersed quickly, and in a few weeks or months I am clearly displaying understanding and proficiency in the interest. But something always happens.
I achieve a certain level of success. Or maybe a certain failure emerges. Or maybe my perspective changes but the common result is that I finally blow out.
At this point, the imbalance of work and actually living and enjoying my life has become a point of shut down. I am hesitant to do the work I know I love.
It is a real challenge for me. I had to decide to take a break from blogging to regain clarity and focus for my life.
Today, I’m back and I’m better! The purpose of this post was simply to remind you to balance your work, family, and personal life. When these areas are in harmony, and you are growing in each area without spending too much time and effort in just one – you can experience a profound amount of joy and fulfillment.
Appreciate the process. Appreciate the moment that is now.
Have a wonderful day!
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