The Burden of “Balance”

Do you find yourself putting in a lot of extra time at work or running all over town to drop off the kids at this or that activity? Are you juggling responsibilities at home, work, church, school, and in the community, and does it seem you have at least one too many balls in the air? As you’ve been juggling priorities and doing your best to keep everything going, has someone told you, in one way or another, that you need to get your life back in balance? If so, you’ve found the right site.

Countless time-management systems and strategies are built on this notion of balancing your life. Perhaps you’ve even been to a seminar on work/life balance, which has become a hot topic in recent years.
Stephen Covey writes in Forbes magazine, “The challenge of work/life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man. I’ve surveyed thousands of audiences about their greatest personal and professional challenges. Life balance is always at or near the top.”
Jim Bird, president of WorkLifeBalance.com, says, “The demand for work/life balance solutions by employees and managers is expanding at an unprecedented rate. As a result, work-life balance is an increasingly hot topic in boardrooms and government halls today. Over the coming decade it will be one of the most important issues that executives and human resource professionals will be expected to manage.”
But what if this pursuit of “balance” is part of the problem rather than the solution? What if the goal of “achieving balance,” however well intentioned, is an unwise, unworkable, and unattainable objective? What if chasing after “balance” only puts more impossible burdens on our backs and pushes us closer to burnout?
The concept of life balance is so cemented in our cultural vocabulary that it’s hard to look beyond it to the possibility of something better. But what if I told you I had discovered a way to live full-out without burning out? What if I were to offer you a refreshing new approach to living “the good life,” a way to reduce your stress and increase your peace while achieving a more fulfilling life?

I’m not talking about a perfect life or a panacea that will solve all your problems. There is no magic cure that will remove all your stress and difficulties. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for burnout, busyness, and guilt. There is a better way. It’s called getting your life in rhythm.

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