All Work and No Play . . .

I’ve just had to re-learn a lesson I talk to others about all day every day!  Balance is one of the most important concepts for all of us to grasp!

I confess, I’m a workaholic.  Especially now that I work completely from home, it’s that much easier to get stuck in my office.  There’s always SO much more that needs to get done.

But, over the years, I’ve learned about balance – a simple word that can save our lives sometimes.  I’ve done well to incorporate balance into my life at different times, but then I slip back into being that “human doing” that is obsessed with accomplishing things.  When I get in this mode, even my precious granddaughter, who I love more than life, can “catch it” when she tries to get my attention.  All work and no play can make Patti a real bitch some times! 

So I have (once again) reminded myself that getting things done are sometimes necessary, but not the most important thing in the world.  I’ve said this before: I honestly don’t believe that anyone will meet me on the other side with a big clipboard, and say, “Whoops!  On June 16, 2013, you didn’t get all those spots out of your carpet!”

But what I do believe is that when I get there, I will have to review my life to determine if I managed to learn all the real lessons of love that I set out to learn this time around.

I don’t beat myself up when I catch myself being less than loving because I think my work is more important.  I just remind myself as compassionately as I can, that I am a work in progress, and that I need to get back on the track to balance.

Here’s a passage from Melody Beattie’s book THE LANGUAGE OF LETTING GO on Balance (March 28):

Seek balance.

Balance emotions with reason.

Combine detachment with doing our part.

Balance giving with receiving.

Alternate work with play, business with personal activities.

Balance tending to our spiritual needs with tending to our other needs.

Juggle responsibilities to others with caring about ourselves.

Whenever possible, let’s be good to others, but be good to ourselves too.

Some of us have to make up for lost time.

Today, I will strive for balance.