How many times I have sat down, feeling like I am juggling just too many hats, and not doing any one of those hats justice. “BALANCE” is a word that reels over and over in my mind, and it seems to be at the top of my prayer list a lot here lately. I feel as though I am on a journey to discover “BALANCE” in my life; and what I have found on my journey is that I am not travelling this road alone. It seems as though the majority of women I speak with are struggling in this same area.
I believe that we all have experienced the challenge to maintain “BALANCE” in our life. If “IMBALANCE” isn’t your address right now, it either has been at one time OR it will be in the future. There are so many “things” vying for our time and attention – spouse, children and their numerous activities, family, church, work … the list goes on and on. One thing I have noticed is that when I am out of “BALANCE,” the odds of burn out and stress are great, and my relationships become strained.
Here are a couple of guidelines I have implemented to help bring “BALANCE” back into my life. First, I put together a list of things that I need to accomplish and then I prioritize that list. Because we are being pulled in so many directions, it’s easy to get off track if we don’t have order and structure in our daily routine. When I take responsibility for each new day the Lord allows me to live, and order my days instead of my days ordering me, “BALANCE” is then an enjoyed goal.
Prioritizing allows me to accomplish the important and necessary things. The flip side of that, not prioritizing, leaves me wide open to confusion, frustration and stress as I don’t complete the things that need to get done and I’m left wondering all over the road.
One other tip the Lord shared with me as I’ve been praying for “BALANCE” and obtaining “BALANCE” is the importance of having “ME” time where I do things that I enjoy doing. This sounds simple, but trust me, it is so difficult because we have a tendency to allow self to come up last on the list of things needing attention. Some will even try to make you think you are being selfish when you schedule such times, but I tell you the truth … there is nothing selfish about “ME” time! These designated times are necessary so you can relax and recover from the grind of your routine. Not having down time will leave you at your wits end, and you will become difficult to get along with. That’s just a given fact that I can absolutely attest to.
So ladies, let’s take back the reins of our lives and live a life of BALANCE in every area. I would love for you to share any wisdom and truths that you use to promote and establish BALANCE in your life!
Keepin’ It Balanced,