I’ve often struggled with finding the balance between work and life. I value both and enjoy both, and despite that, find it difficult to figure out how to merge the two of them in the most effective way for me and those I live with and work with.
The importance of work/life balance can’t be overstated. We need to find that balance if we are going to live the lives we want to live, and keep all those we have relationships with happy and content.
I left for a short vacation with my family to St. Maarten. It was a vacation planned with no planning once we arrived. In fact, today we sat at the pool and enjoyed ourselves. That was it. And we ate. Of course.
It was nice not to have a schedule. We spent the time in the pool with our two kids and walked around the grounds of the resort. And we took a lot of pictures (I’m sharing a family selfie as the image for this post).
I realized something, as I sat outside at 10:30 at night, listening to some reggae music on the beach and doing some work (including typing up this post). It was that I can find a balance, and today was a great example. I didn’t concern myself with work much at all during the day today, focusing solely on family happenings. And, at night, after my girls were all in bed, I took some time to catch up on work while I enjoyed the weather, the sounds, and the smells of sitting outside our hotel room.
And that balance is something we can all find, and it may shift from time-to-time, but it is there, if we take the time to truly search for it.
I can’t say that I’ve “found” work/life balance, but I’ve at least experienced it enough to know it is out there, and, if I work for it, and take the time to recognize it, then I can become ever better at balancing myself out.