Remember when I told you balance is not a myth? Well, despite the poor choice of title in this first article, the author articulates exactly what I believe to be true about balance.
The Myth of Work/Life Balance, by Jon Gordon “I, like most people, have never been able to balance the scales of work/life on a day-to-day basis. Rather, I’ve come to realize that the dance between work and life is more about rhythm than balance.”
Speaking of titles, this one is brilliant. And in this post you’ll find great suggestions for silencing that inner voice that says, “I am always behind.”
Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol, by Lillian Cunningham “I think it’s a combination of technology and the economic realities, where so many people are doing more than one job. It’s the whole adage of doing more with less. To be really honest with you, I don’t think it’s doable. The expectations of what we can get done, and how well we can do it, are beyond human scale.”
This one challenged me to force myself to engage with my children, when it is so much easier for each of us to be doing our own thing.
Reaching Your Child in a World of Distraction, by Handsfree Mama “We are the first generation of parents raising our children with the ever-present lure of technology at our fingertips. We are the first generation of parents able to be digitally connected to virtually anyone, anytime, anywhere. We are the first generation of parents who will show our children that technology is either a tool or a crutch—that it can enhance or damage our lives. Time spent engaging as a family does not come naturally anymore, yet time isolated from one another comes a little TOO naturally. In fact, time spent alone on our respective devices has become a way of life for many.”
This one challenged me to make my calling a high priority every day.
You Don’t Have to Make Your Bed to Write a Book, by Donald Miller “An unmade bed has no negative measurable impact in eternity. An unfinished book probably does.”
This one–holy smokes. This one snuck up and tackled me. I sat at my computer and cried. That wasn’t in my plan.
Why the Battle for Joy is Really Worth it, by Ann Voskamp “If you don’t fight for joy, it’s your children who lose. What do I want my children to remember — my joy in clean floors, made beds and ironed shirts — or my joy of the Lord? You will be most remembered — by what brought you most joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength and the person of Christ is your unassailable joy – and the battle for joy is nothing less than fighting the good fight of faith.”
Have a well-balanced and joy-filled weekend. See you next week!